Rare 1763 Antoine Guichard French Faience Lavabo, Signed Moustiers
This rare blue and white lavabo in three parts was made by the renowned French faience producer MOUSTIERS, founded in 1738. It is marked "JVc Moustiers" on the underside of the basin, and according to archival research, was made by Antoine Guichard, CA 1763.
It is stunning, even though there has been an old repair made to the back side of the basin, and the knob on top has been replaced. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition, and sports its original pewter spigot. The detail in the painting is exquisite, as is the form, with lions mounted on the sides, and a stylized French dolphin head surrounding the spigot.
The lid measures 9.5" wide x 7" deep x 5.25" hi. The water well measures 12.5" wide x 11" deep x 15.75" hi. The basin measures 18.5" wide x 9.6" deep x 5" hi
The overall height of the lid and well measure 21" hi and there are two recessed, original hanging holes on the back of the water well.
Handbook of Marks on Pottery & Porcelain by Burton, William, 1863-; Hobson, R. L. (Robert Lockhart), 1872-1941. Published 1909, Macmillan & Co, Ltd, London.
H: 26 in (66.04 cm) D: 11 in (27.94 cm) W: 18.5 in (46.99 cm)
Ref: FOU 1013