Artichokes and asparagus are among the most popular decorative motifs for French majolica tableware dating from the early 20th century. This plate features asparagus spears in the center surrounded by their fern-like foliage while artichokes, with their more substantial leaves, appear on the rim. A single large artichoke is modeled so as to create a small cavity, ideal for containing a sauce.
As is so often the case with this type of majolica, the plate is not technically “signed” and bears only a number on the base which would have allowed the factory to discern which artisan had executed the decoration. Maryse Bottero, in her book "Artichauts et Asperges en Barbotine", attributes this particular design to a factory in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.
Diameter 25 cm