Pottery Pitcher, c. 1913
Black pottery pitcher is embellished with a grapevine with grapes and leaves and has a grapevine handle. It bears the inscription SOUVENIR D UN AMI A.J. FONTAINE JEAN VERSE A BOIRE A TRES AMIS 1913 (Souvenir of a Friend A.J. Fontaine Jean Pours Drinks for His Friends 1913). Both the decoration and the inscription are in relief. The lip and the base of the pitcher have minute chips, showing wear appropriate to age and normal use. 7.875W x 6D x 10T. From the Savoyard region of France.Historical BackgroundThe Savoyard region is a historical region and former duchy of southeast France, western Switzerland, and northwest Italy. The region changed hands many times after its conquest by Julius Caesar and became a duchy in the early 15th century. In 1720, the duke of Savoy gained the title king of Sardinia, and in 1861, the Savoyard Victor Emmanuel II ascended the throne of the newly formed kingdom of Italy. Much of the original territory was ceded to France at the same time.
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