Octagonal surtout de table or ornamental centrepiece for display on a dining table. In faience 'fine' from Moutiers, decorated in camaïeu bleu in the manner of Bérain. With a seated goddess in the centre surrounded by mystical figures and animals, birds and flowers. The raised edge with lace decoration standing on a raised base. France circa 1750.
The surtout de table first appeared in the 17thc and was used to protect the polished wood of the table from spills from candlesticks and salt and vinegar. During the 18th century they ceased being utilitarian and became decorative ornamental pieces, used in the centre of tables.
HEIGHT: 6 cm (2¼")
DIAMETER: 38 cm (15")