A 19th century milk churn by Saint-Uze ceramics. Decorated on both sides with grazing dairy cattle and complete with the fitted lid, original swing handle and the 'Terre d'acier', Saint-Uze stamped mark to the foot.
Made of porcelain stoneware, known as "porcelain fire" from the Drome region of France. Unlike faience or earthenware, kaolin and feldspar was used to produce a mixture which was then processed and deaerated, resulting in a fine sandstone paste or 'dough'. This could then be hand thrown or molded on a lathe, as this pot was. Later pieces of their pottery exhibit seam lines where two part molds were used (from 1903), the malleable stoneware well suited to being formed industrially.
The rigorous control of the composition of the sandstone made it possible to obtain a very fine porcelain stoneware, which could not only be molded in a huge variety of ways, but also be enameled at a very high temperature, rather than glazed.
Decorated all around in the famous cobalt blue (bleus de Saint-Uze) rubber stamping, which towards the end of the 19th century marked the transition from purely utilitarian pottery to a more decorative production. The underside of the foot is marked with a hand scored 3-1/2 to denote the size, as is the underside of the rim on the original fitted lid.
9-3/4" Tall to top of finial
3-1/2" Rim Diameter
4-3/4" Base Diameter
Very good original condition with no cracks or restoration. Old nibbling/chipping wear along a one inch section of the rim, but is insignificant and does not detract from the rarity of this fantastic example of 19th century french pottery, circa 1880-1890.
H: 9.75cm (3.84in)
W: 4.75cm (1.87in)
D: 0cm (0.00in)