"Maid of Avignon or canakkale xix, provence turkey beaucaire". "young lady's jug of avignon canakkale".Pitcher called "damsel of Avignon" or damoiseau, in earth brown varnish enhanced with a floral decoration. Potting decor on the belly and neck and spillway. Called "damsel\Object in very good condition.
The maid of Avignon is a terracotta ewer typical of the south of France, which is actually a Turkish pottery made in Canakkale small port located on the strait of the dardanelles. Strong presence on Marseille, beaucaire, avignon. These ewers were imported into France throughout the nineteenth century, filled with raki (grape brandy flavored with anise). The Avignonnais amateurs of raki preserved once empty these beautiful jugs with unusual shapes which gave them their name.
The Marseilles boats carrying French goods to Turkey came back laden with Ottoman ceramics, which were sold at regional fairs and markets, especially the famous Beaucaire fair. The local bourgeoisie was fond of decorating its interior with these exotic pieces.
They have a round belly and a slender neck partly closed by a kind of animal head with a pouring spout that can be either in the shape of a big lip, or in the shape of a tube (which sometimes makes them name damsel). On the head as on the belly are applied decorations in the form of plants, scrolls, rosettes ... Many of these pottery have very colorful repaints of plants over the varnish. These pitchers were either male or female, the story goes, that according to custom when a child was born in a house, family and friends who came to visit, they were served raki either with a male or female pitcher depending on gender of the child born.The item "lady of avignon canakkale pitcher female turkey provence xixe beaucaire" is for sale since Wednesday, October 25, 2017. It is in the category "art, antiques \ objects of the nineteenth and before". The seller is "jeralchat" and is located at / in st andré de sangonis. This item can be delivered anywhere in the world.