Sarreguemines French Faience Platter in the Longchamp Pattern
From a two centuries old venerated French faience maker comes this large hand painted platter. It was made in Sarreguemines, a commune in the Lorraine region in northeastern France. The faience is a creamy white with a narrow gold line on the rim. The floral decorations in green, blue and yellow are very reminiscent of those on Soufflenheim pottery, which is made a few miles away from Sarreguemines. The pattern is called "Longchamp," possibly a tribute to the Paris luxury goods store, which opened in 1948. The mark, printed in black on the reverse is one used at Sarreguemines from 1920 to 1950. There is also an impressed mark to the left edge near the rim that is presumably the mold number.
This platter is a little over 13 inches across and 1 3/4 inches high. It's in lovely condition, with fine crazing and one fine hairline in the glaze, not the platter itself. It weighs two pounds and makes an impressive shelf piece or a beautiful serving platter.