St. Clément Rooster Pitcher
A remarkable antique French majolica glazed Absinthe water pitcher formed as a rooster, St. Clément. The Gallic rooster, in French: le coq gaulois, is an unofficial national symbol of France. This earthenware Barbotine majolica pitcher is brightly glazed in red, orange and shades of green and blue. His tail feathers form the handle, his mouth is the spout.
H 38 cm. W 21 cm. Base 12,5 cm.
Stamped makers mark on bottom: St. Clément. Impressed mold No. 377. In good antique condition.
The history of St. Clément Pottery is a long one, dating back to the mid 1700s when it was established by Jacques Chambrette, producing traditional French faience. St. Clément became a favoured supplier for Marie Antoinette.
St. Clément majolica is characterized by the subtle shadings of colours. The majolica pieces include a series of figural jugs or absinthe pitchers in the form of a duck with folded wings, a rooster, or a parrot. Also other animals can be found, like a pig, rabbit, cat, monkey or poodle, but are more rare. Old pitchers mostly have 3-digit numbers while newer productions carry 4-digit numbers. They were mostly produced in the 1920s and 1930s. They are all truly lovely historic pieces of fabulous St. Clément pottery.
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An antique French majolica glazed Absinthe water pitcher formed as a rooster, St. Clément.