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Antique French Bramble Branch and Bird Compote

Antique French Bramble Branch and Bird Compote


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Imagine a cheerful summer morning, windows open to the sunshine and the table laid for an intimate brunch gathering with friends. Amid the flowers, porcelain plates, and neatly folded napkins sits a beautiful vintage compote crowned with fresh fruit. 

This charming French compote comes to us from K & G Luneville Faience, one of France's most renowned pottery manufacturers. The compote is beautifully decorated in the charming, naturalistic "Ronce" (French for Bramble Branch) pattern with delicately hand-painted fluttering bluebirds and butterflies along with clusters of pink berries beside a gentle tangle of finely detailed leaves and branches. Flourishes of gold accent the rich, colorful pattern and pop against the creamy white of the compote. Truly the perfect complement for any breakfast table. 

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1915. In good antique condition. Compote measures 8 5/6 " x 5". 

Learn More About Luneville Faience

In 1728 Jacques Chambrette established the first earthenware factory in the town of Lunéville, along the river Meuse in the Lorraine region of Eastern France. As a result of its economic and artistic success, the factory was awarded the status of Manufacture Royale de Fayence by the Ducs of Lorraine in 1749.

At the time, the Lunéville manufacture was one of the main rivals of the expanding English and German ceramics centers and Chambrette managed to successfully export his wares throughout Europe.

In 1786 Sébastien Keller bought Luneville from the Chambrette family and for the next 137 years, the Keller family controlled the company. About 1832, Sébastien Keller's son formed a partnership with his brother-in-law Guérin to give birth to the mark K&G (or KG) from the names Keller and Guérin.

By 1900, there were around 1,100 employees and the factory's products had a worldwide reputation. The Lunéville artisans were inspired by their surroundings; pieces were decorated with flowers, insects, real and fictitious animals and even exotic figures.

Times and fortunes change and by 1981, the studios of Luneville Faience were shuttered with their long and rich history coming to an end. 

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