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Antique St. Clement Asparagus Platter

Antique St. Clement Asparagus Platter

$275.00

First appearing in 1851 at the Great Exhibition in London, majolica ware is richly colored pottery with designs based on plant and animal motifs. By the time it was exhibited at the 1855 Paris World's Fair, it had taken both Europe and the Americas by storm with the bourgeoisie on both sides of the Atlantic falling in love with these colorful, nature inspired ceramics. The love affair with majolica continues even today and with this gorgeous Vintage St. Clément Asparagus Platter it's easy to see why!

Found at market in France and dating from the early 1900s from the famed potters of Saint Clément, we are thrilled to have found this exceptional serving piece with its gorgeous, earthy aesthetic and lush details depicting asparagus spears in the center and leafy artichokes around the platter's border. Thoughtfully designed with integrated handles at either end, this magnificent platter allows for easy, elegant transport from the kitchen and when passing the platter from guest to guest around the table. 

Entirely hand-decorated with the rich glazes that have made Saint Clément so beloved, the platter becomes an instant centerpiece in dreamy hues of dusty violet, delicate blue-gray and leafy green. This special dish with its elegant aesthetic is sure to make a lovely presentation, serving every tender asparagus spear (or steamed artichoke!) in timeless French style. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Handwash only. In very good antique condition. 14.25"L x 10"W x 1.5"H.

Learn More About St. Clément

The faience factory of Saint-Clément - about 7.5 miles from the town of Lunéville in northeastern France, was established in 1758 by Jacques Chambrette, who already owned another pottery factory in Lunéville. With this second factory he aimed at the higher segment of the market with prestigious objects that eventually earned the factory the designation as Royal Supplier for Marie-Antoinette's Trianon.

After Jacques died in 1758, his son Gabriel became the new owner. In 1892, the factory was sold to Keller et Guérin, who already owned the largest earthenware factory of Lunéville. Under their management the company was considerably expanded in the last quarter of the 19th century. 

St. Clément began producing Majolica during the 1860s and continued for some forty years. St. Clément majolica is characterized by subtle shadings of colors. Majolica pieces include a series of figural animal jugs including roosters, parrots and ducks. The pottery also produced a variety of vases as well as asparagus and artichoke plates and servers. Majolica was commonly marked with the Saint Clément monogram or full name and may also include the letters ‘KG’ for Keller et Guérin.

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