A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF THE OLD FRENCH FAIENCE and A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF ENGLISH EARTHENWARE AND STONE WARE IN LA BELLE SAUVAGE BINDINGS.


London: Cassell & Company, 1904 and 1903. First Edition. Small 4to (9 7/8” x 6 5/8”). 2 volume set. The Connoisseur Edition, limited to 250 sets from distributed type.

Both volumes bound identically by La Belle Sauvage Bindery in full deep rose levant morocco decorated in gold with an elaborate lattice and floral festooned frame; spine with four raised bands, two compartments with titles, one compartment with an urn and others with floral festoons. Doublures of green crushed levant with an ornate gold framework border that includes a vase in each corner inlaid in brown levant, and an elaborate medallion in gilt, with an inlaid purple morocco center. End-leaves of green watered silk; t.e.g., uncut.

Each volume is 192 pages, and each includes glossary, index and illustrated reproductions of potter's marks as well as 24 color plates printed using the three-color process; 85 halftone illustrations.

Both volumes are authored by master potters - Solon was a renowned French porcelain artist who began his career at the Sèvres Pottery. In 1870 he moved to Stoke-on-Trent to work at Mintons Ltd, where he became the leading exponent of the technique of ceramic decoration called pâte-sur-pâte. William Burton was a chemist with the Wedgwood Company at the Etruria Works in Stoke-on-Trent, and later became director of Pilkington Tile and Pottery Company. Both authors give an exhaustive history and description of the works created in France and England respectively during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The set of both volumes of the Connoisseur Edition in the present La Belle Sauvage bindings is quite scarce; the last time the set came up for auction was in 1943 at Parke-Bernet.

A bright, very good + set with a 1" start to the front joint at the head of French Faience; a 2" start to the front joint and a 1/2” start and 1/4” chip to the rear joint at the head of English Earthenware; both volumes have light rubbing to the joints with moderate rubbing to the front joint of French Faience. Both text blocks are fresh and clean.

Title: A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF THE OLD FRENCH FAIENCE and A HISTORY AND DESCRIPTION OF ENGLISH EARTHENWARE AND STONE WARE IN LA BELLE SAUVAGE BINDINGS.

Author Name: [LA BELLE SAUVAGE BINDERY]; SOLON, M. L. [MARC-LOUIS] (French Faience); BURTON, WILLIAM (English Earthenware and Preface to French Faience).

Categories: Fine Binding, Illustrated, DECORATIVE ARTS - CERAMICS,

Publisher: London, Cassell & Company: 1904 and 1903

Binding: Full levant

Book Condition: Very good

Size: Small 4to (9 7/8” x 6 5/8”)

Seller ID: 3036