Early 20th Century French Faience Neoclassic Pink and White Lidded Porcelain Urns by K. G. Luneville - a Pair
Very strong neoclassic design features an elegant campana form with turquoise swag decoration in relief, a reticulated section, hand painted painted multi coloured florals.
Openwork lids with pink & green acanthus leafs in relief topped by a flame finial.
Age: Early 20th century.
Signed on underside painted by hand "K. G. Luneville France". Also includes impressed markings as shown.
Dimensions: 15" tall x 6.25" diameter.
6.6 pounds total.
Condition is excellent with only very minor manufacturing flaws and glaze crazing in places which is typical of Faience pieces from this period.
Jacques Chambrette Senior initially started the first fine pottery works in Lorraine in 1711. His son began in 1722 by trading faience in Lunéville. He built his own factory there in 1730, just before he obtained the Royal Permission.
He formulated a new type of earthenware called "Terre de Lorraine" in 1748 based on the study of English potteries. As soon as 1749, he was granted the label of official Royal manufactory by Stanislaus I, former king of Poland.
At the time, Lorraine being indeed an independent state, France levied heavy taxes on goods imported from there, reason why Jacques Chambrette established as early as 1758 an additional factory in Saint-Clément, Meurthe-et-Moselle, only seven miles away, but located on French territory to escape those duties.
However, at the death of the founder, the two factories were split between the family and Richard Mique bought in 1763 the Saint-Clément part.
In 1786 Sébastien Keller bought Luneville from the Chambrette family following the bankruptcy of the pottery manufacturer in 1785. For the next 137 years, the Keller family controlled the company. About 1832, Sébastien Keller's son aligned with his brother-in-law Guérin to give birth to the mark K&G (or KG) from the names Keller and Guérin.
In 1900, there were around 1,100 employees. The factory's products had a worldwide reputation and participated successfully in various fields of art and industrial exhibitions.