Keller and Guerin Colored Plates and Bowls
MetadataShow full item record
Keller & Guerin, Lunéville, France have a set of six plates illustrating La Fontaine fables. Each is signed "Grotti." $33 for The Tortoise and the Hare and THe Lion and the Mouse from Tori Owen, Ross, CA, through Ebay, February, '01. $49.99 for three from Charlotte Dailey, Texarkana, TX, through eBay, August, '11. Further plates from J. Oliva, Tarzana, CA. I now have all six and extras of THe Lion and the Mouse, The Wolf and the Lamb, and The Grasshopper and the Ant. The second copy of The Grasshopper adn the Ant was broken in shipping.
Each plate offers both a title above the illustration and a key line below it. Each is marked KG with a crown and cartouche in gold. There is also a gold rim around the design of each plate. The plates are remarkable for their colorful illustrations. 1. A particularly colorful young female grasshopper plays her violin while the ant in peasant's wooden shoes carries a huge seed past her. 2. A dapper fox in bow tie holds out a paw to catch the cheese he expects to fall. The crow in snappy hat and vest is holding the cheese firmly in his wing as though it were an arm. A lovely scene! 3. The rat in this rendition of The Lion and the Mouse uses a scissors to cut the lion's elaborate net, pegged to the ground in over a dozen places. The lion sits expectantly on all fours. 4. The frog here carries a parasol and wears both a vest and britches. The ox, sitting in human fashion, looks on amused with his arms crossed. 5. The sweating tortoise in The Tortoise and the Hare rides a bicycle and wears a rider's cap and sneakers. The hare also rides a bicycle and has goggles above the brim of his cap. 6. The wolf in WL wears a top hat, vest, and trousers. He carries a hunter's pouch and points menacingly at the lamb, who is dressed in children's clothes. Does the lamb have a toy sailboat in is hands/paws?