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Faience plate 8" in diameter showing three scenes depicting "Le Fou qui Vend la Sagesse.
The madman offers wisdom for a price, and gives those who pay a slap and a piece of thread two ells long. In this strange and wonderful story (La Fontaine IX 8), the first result is that we should not try to make sense of ...
One ABC plate 7¼" in diameter
There are three areas of green leaves on trees and an area of blue flowers on the ground. The absentee friend climbing the tree is also colored blue. Is it surprising that neither the bear nor the prostrate man has color? ...
Faience plate 8" in diameter
This plate features, in its side panels, the backs of two men. One seems a prosperous farmer with mounds of hay nearby. The other has poorer clothing and strides away with a walking stick carrying something -- an instrument ...
Plate 7¼" in diameter and 1 inch deep
Now this is a weighty object! "Plate" here is no longer something one eats off of! The spatial presentation of the fable is very good. This fox cannot get at these grapes, but the hill lures him into trying it. I have seen ...
One ABC plate 7?" in diameter
A curious feature of this ABC plate is that there are three areas of green leaves and an area of blue flowers, but otherwise there is no color. Neither animal has any color. The leopard suffers from the regular problem of ...
One ABC plate 6¾" in diameter
The plate presents the phase in this story in which both father and son ride on the ass. Clouds, trees, fields, rocks, and a path are visible. I am surprised that this motif would be taken up on a child's alphabet plate.
China plate of "L'Huitre et les Plaideurs" (The Oyster and Litigants)
The seller guesses a date in the late 1800's or early 1900's. She describes the piece as a vintage porcelain/ceramic plate measuring about 8¼" in diameter. There is a painted pink rim with an embossed floral design. In the ...
Faience plate 8" in diameter showing three scenes depicting "Le Rat qui s'est Retiré du Monde" (The Rat Which Retired the World).
This sad story is of the religious hermit-rat who moves into a cheese to live and turns down his fellows when they, under attack, come asking for help (La Fontaine VII 3). He offers them a blessing and says that he, separated ...
Faience plate 8" in diameter showing three scenes depicting "Le Loup et le Chien" (The Dog and the Wolf).
The smaller pictures on the upper left and lower right picture the chained dog and the departing wolf, respectively. The central picture portrays a thin, poorly clad man with his stick and satchel taking his leave from a ...
Boxed set of six dessert plates "Fables de la Fontaine.
This lovely set combines busy central images with a uniform "leaf, grape, and vine" decoration around each plate's border. They choose well when they put FC on the cover of the box. My second prize goes to "The Crow Trying ...