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Bottle and stopper

Bottle and stopper

  • Place of origin:

    Gien (made)

  • Date:

    1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Gien (manufacturer)
    Geoffroy, Guerin & Cie (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed earthenware

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case H1, shelf 2

This company is often known simply as Gien Pottery, after its location in that city. It was established in about 1822 by Merlin Hall, the English founder of the factory of Creil & Montereau, which specialised in earthenwares decorated with English scenes to appeal to the English market. The pottery in Gien, on the other hand, specialised in traditional French earthenwares with scenes and motifs taken from French historical sources, heraldic emblems and contemporary politics. In 1856 it came under the ownership of Geoffroy, Guérin & Cie and thereafter it exhibited at international exhibitions in Paris (1844, where it won an award) and 1867, in London (1862) and Vienna (1873). By the late 1880s it was being criticised for decorated surfaces imitating materials such as wood, and praised for the increasingly immense size of its wares - some vases reached 3 metres in height and 1.2 metres in diameter.

Physical description

Bottle and stopper of glazed earthenware with mask handles and decorated with scrolls, birds and terminal figures.

Place of Origin

Gien (made)


1870 (made)


Gien (manufacturer)
Geoffroy, Guerin & Cie (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Glazed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions

'Gien' within a scroll under a turret, printed


Height: 29.8 cm, Length: 11.4 cm base

Descriptive line

Bottle and stopper of glazed earthenware, Gien, France, 1870.





Subjects depicted

Birds; Scrolls; Mask; Terminal figures


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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