Antique French "Talking Plate"

Antique French "Talking Plate"


Coming from the estate of a dear Aunt of my sister, this antique Sarreguemines French Talking Plate features a Weaver who's sign reads "The Osier Weaver of The Bievre River Father Jacques Vannier." He is happily working away on the river bank creating a cradle out of willow while enjoying his wine and cheese, how very French! The young couple out on a small dock are observing his handiwork. One would wonder if this was used to present the message that a little one was on the way?

This plates comes from the renowned Sarreguemines factory in Digoin in Saone-et-Loire and warehouse in Vitry-le-François in Marne, France. c 1920-1950. The buildings have become part of historic French sites.

As my research has told me these Talking Plates were known to be a little controversial or humorous. Talking plates became popular in France in the early 1900's. This charming example is signed Sarreguemines on the back and also has U & C inscribed over the mark. The reference I used dated the signature from the early 1900's.

Overall this quaint French plate is in good antique condition without any significant chips or cracks. There is overall slight crazing of the piece. It appears at one time there was a gold rim on the plate as well, this is all but removed and could look a bit like imperfections. There are two slight nicks in the rim at the base of the plate. There are two hanging holes in the top of the rim on the back of the piece that would allow this plate to be used in a gallery wall. No wire remains with the plate however.

This would make a unique gift for a baby shower or new baby! So charming!


8 1/2" diameter

1" high

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