c. 1900 St. Jean De Luz Crest Faience Tin Glazed French Coffee Can
#AD030 Victorian Travel & Holiday Souvenir:
A beautiful small handled tin glaze triangular Victorian era faience hand rendered cup with the early St. Jean De Luz Armorial Crest of arms in beautiful vibrant colours. It measures 2.24 inches high x 4 inches wide with handle. It has the beautiful look and feel of tin glazed Quimper / Faience, but also the early graphic crest of the city complete with early ship, shield and banner.
Saint Jean de Luz is a French port which sits very close to the Spanish border in the western Pyrenees region of France and Spain. It is to the east of the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic coast. It is known for its fishing but also known for its large, bustling and varied population in the 17th century, which was the peak of its prosperity with Basque pirates capturing many vessels on the seas. Saint-Jean-de-Luz and its church were chosen to host the royal wedding in 1660 between Louis XIV and Maria Theresa, the Infanta of Spain. This marriage marked the end of the Franco-Spanish war.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington 1769-1852 set up headquarters in Saint Jean de Luz during the Peninsular War of 1813-14, defeating Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. In the Victorian era, Saint Jean de Luz became an elite beach resort, frequented by the wealthy of France and Spain, England and Europe. This high quality souvenir piece would have been purchased there as a memento and presumably brought back to England, where it was found.
A small armorial graphic piece of high quality original Victorian era pottery from 19th century early 20th c. We were happy to find it in this condition recently in Totnes, Devon, England.
Size: 2.5 x 4 inches
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