Antique French faience tureen Tonkin service by Johnston et Vieillard Bordeaux c1850
Two magnificent pieces of antique French faience: a large soup tureen and a matching platter. They are by Johnston et Vieillard, Bordeaux. They date from the mid-19th century and are from the ‘Tonkin’ service. It’s rare to find the tureen even on its own.
The pieces are decorated with elaborate Chinoiserie scenes. Both are signed.
The tureen is 9 inches high and 11 inches wide.
The platter measures 9 ¼ inches x 12 inches.
There is some minor damage to the tureen. One of the handles has signs of an old breakage which was solidly repaired many decades ago. The ensemble is in excellent condition and displays superbly.
About Johnston & Vieillard:
David Johnston and Jules Vieillard founded this famous Bordeaux porcelain company. Johnston was responsible for importing the techniques and style perfected by English porcelain manufacturers to France. The company earned the admiration of Napoleon III and won a medal in the 1855 Paris Universal exhibition.