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Jars Plates, France

Jars Plates, France

 

 

1920? Ceramic plate of GA by "Jars, France pour F & S." 10" in diameter. Scalloped rim. Tan with green edging, script, and illustration border around a circular full-color illustration of GA. "La Cigale et la Fourmi" and "Fables de la Fontaine" on the plate front. $12.87 from Charles W. Turner, through eBay, June, '04.

This colorful plate contrasts the brown of the grasshopper with the black of the ant. There is a sack, presumably of grain, in front of the ant's substantial home. Flowers and meadows seem to be blooming; is that appropriate for this scene, in which the grasshopper comes to the ant in winter?

 

1920? Ceramic plate of FC by "Jars, France pour F & S." 10" in diameter. Scalloped rim. Tan with green edging, script, and illustration border around a circular full-color illustration of FC. "Le Corbeau et le Renard" and "Fables de la Fontaine" on the plate front. $5.95 from Charles W. Turner, through eBay, June, '04.

This colorful plate has the crow leaning down to hear the fox's compliments just before he drops the round of cheese. A light colored stream edges the field in the background, with pleasant reeds, leaves and grasses filling out the scene. The fox, though his back is to us, looks up expectantly.

 

 

1920? Ceramic plate of "The Heron" by "Jars, France pour F & S." 10" in diameter. Scalloped rim. Tan with green edging, script, and illustration border around a circular full-color illustration of the heron. "Le Héron" and "Fables de la Fontaine" on the plate front. $5.95 from Charles W. Turner, through eBay, June, '04.

This colorful plate has the heron standing on one leg in the midst of calm water. Two features mark this excellent scene. One is that there is no other creature present. The artist rightly shows how the heron is at the center of his own world. Secondly, his eye looks out at us with something like disdain. Disdain drives the heron in this fable.