Rare majolica pitcher by Saint Clement ‘’Duck Hatching from Egg’’
This majolica pitcher ‘’Duck Hatching from Egg’’ carries embossed marks of both Keller & Guerin St. Clement and the number 608 (seeThe Absinthe Encyclopedia page 289)
St. Clément majolica is characterized by subtle shadings of colors. Majolica pieces include a series of figural jugs including a rooster and an absinthe pitcher in the form of a duck with folded wings. The pottery also produced a variety of vases as well as asparagus and artichoke plates and servers.
Majolica was commonly marked with an impressed ‘SAINT CLEMENT’ and may also include the letters ‘KG’ for Keller and Guérin.
The beverage originated in Switzerland, Absinthe became extremely popular in France in the late 19th century, particularly among artists and writers including Hemingway, Van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Toulouse Lautrec and Baudelaire. Absinthe was portrayed as a dangerous, addictive, psychoactive drug and by 1915 was banned in the U.S. and most of Europe including France.
DIAMETER: 6¼ in | HEIGHT: 12½ in
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CONDITION: Saint Clement