Keller and Guerin Colored Plates and Bowls
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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 and the Ant was broken in shipping.
There are also two bowls belonging to the same series. Each offers the same signed illustration as its matching plate but as a mirror opposite. From unknown sources for $10 to $15 each. Here the gold stripe is a filigreed stripe inside the top of the bowl. The rim is also circled in gold. 1. 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. 2. The sweating tortoise in TH 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.