• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 429

    A FRENCH PALISSY STYLE FAIENCE TROMPE L'OEIL SHAPED-OVAL PLATTER

    CIRCA 1880-90, THRICE IMPRESSED TARDIEU FELIX MENTON

    Price Realised  

    A FRENCH PALISSY STYLE FAIENCE TROMPE L'OEIL SHAPED-OVAL PLATTER
    CIRCA 1880-90, THRICE IMPRESSED TARDIEU FELIX MENTON
    Applied with a large central lizard and a snake, the shaped rim with four small green frogs, two small blue frogs, two snails and two dung beetles flanking patches of mossy frit grass
    21¼ in. (54 cm.) wide


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    Félix Tardieu, known as the 'blue frog man', is recorded in the late 19th and early 20th century maintaining a modest atelier in Menton on the French Riviera. For an image of his premises and similar examples of his work, see Maryse Bottero, Barbotines de la Côte d'Azur, Paris, 2002, p. 209.