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  • Place of origin:

    Gien (made)

  • Date:

    1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, printed and painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 36, shelf 1

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

Two-handled vase with ovoid body and flattened rim. Decorated with renaissance motifs of amorini riding on dogs and foliate scrolls

Place of Origin

Gien (made)


1870 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, printed and painted

Marks and inscriptions

'Gien' within a scroll and beneath a turret


Height: 12 cm, Diameter: 10 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, earthenware, made by Geoffroy, Guerin & Cie, Gien, France, 1870




Painted; Printed

Subjects depicted

Amorini; Scrolling foliage; Dogs


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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