A Late 18thC Brussels Faience Model of a Lion c.1780


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Object Description

The very scarce Brussels faience tin glazed earthenware model of a lion, painted predominantly in yellow and light blue with manganese and red detailing, survives from the last quarter of eighteenth century Belgium.

Object History


Object Literature

Faience, or tin-glazed and enamelled earthenware, first emerged in France during the sixteenth century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, prior to the establishment of soft-paste porcelain factories.

A rare and delightful piece.

Object Condition

The piece remains complete but there have been damages through the years. One piece of the base has been broken out and re-applied with small losses and chips around base and the tail has been restored. We have priced the piece accordingly and an almost identical lion with similar deficiencies sold in Belgium at auction in 2016 for €1,402,50, which is the only other example we can find and may well have been the other to complete this as the pair.

Object Details

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    W:9 x H:5.5 x D:5.5 inches
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By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1767 640995
+44 (0)7729 213013

Dealer Location

The Onion Barn
Shoe Cottage
15 High Street
MK44 3NL

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