7¼" white bowl from Sarreguemines, France
7¼" white bowl from Sarreguemines, France. 1.5" deep. Inside the bowl there is a brown adaptation of Grandville's "The Cat and the Fox." The front carries two inscriptions: "Fables de la Fontaine" and "1. Le Chat et le Renard." The back has the usual Digoin stamp. From an unknown source before 2006.
The two characters are in the outdoor setting that will test their evasive "tricks." Each raises a paw in their contention with each other about the effectiveness of their manoeuvres. Hats, vests, and trousers humanize both. The fox is carrying prey he has captured. The cat has a walking stick. Was Royce an adapter of Grandville's work?