7" white plate from Sarreguemines, France
7" white plate from Sarreguemines, France. Inside a 1.5" rim there is a representation of Grandville's "Lark, Her Children, and the Master of the Field." The front carries two inscriptions: "Fables de la Fontaine" and "11. L'Alouette, les Petits et le Maitre d'un Champ." The back has an indistinct "Digoin" stamp.
The illustration suggests the calm of the mother, who knows human promises and unfulfillment. It also suggests the anxiety of the young larks, who do not know how to put human remarks into perspective.