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1950? 11 French plates featuring La Fontaine fable scenes produced in Longwy, France. Each is 7¾" in diameter. Backs of the plates include one or all of these three elements: an ink stamp of the Longwy name and coat of arms (apparently a berry branch under a crown); an imprinted mark; and a stamped number (5 or 8). There is one extra of WC. 1500 Francs from Jacques Chesnais at Marché Vernaison in Clignancourt, August, '99.

Each plate has a green line inside an undulating outer edge. At the point of indentation an 1¼" into the plate there is a simple black line. Once the plate reaches its lowest level, a repeated pattern of thin and thick blocks forms a circle around the fable scene. This is done in about five strong colors: brown, tan, blue, green, red, and black. The resulting scenes look like wood inlay and are delightful in their simplicity. Does the mouse in FM wear goggles and a swimsuit? The snail in "The Heron" is particularly charming. I found this set early in the day, made a deal to hold them for the day, and had to visit several money machines to get the cash to buy them! Then I got to carry them on my back for the rest of my travels! It was worth it!




Longwy heronmini2.jpg (8382 bytes)

Longwy Cat Bag Flourmini.jpg (9841 bytes)

Longwy The Mouse, the Rooster, and the Catmini.jpg (9604 bytes)

The Heron

The Cat Disguised as a Bag of Flour

The Mouse, the Rooster, and the Cat

Longwy Ox & Frogmini.jpg (8942 bytes)

Longwy Tortoise & Haremini.jpg (8710 bytes)

Longwy WCmini.jpg (9401 bytes)





Longwy WLmini.jpg (8826 bytes)