Charger

Ref: 1342
  • Designer / Maker

    Painted by Sophie Schaeppi (1852-1921)

    Manufactured in the workshop of Théodore Deck (1823-91), closed 1906

     

  • Detail

    Painted earthenware

    Diameter: 33 cm

    French, late nineteenth century

  • Marked

    ‘TH DECK’ (on back), together with hand-written inscription stating that it was a gift on 29 August 1944.  Inscribed on the front ‘MARGUERITE’ and signed ‘SCHAEPPI’.

    Impressed head of Deck to the centre, the mark used by his son Xavier (died 1901) after his father’s death; the workshop was finally demolished in 1906.

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Note

    Similar chargers by the Swiss-born Schaeppi are in the collection of the Musées de Marseilles; see Théodore Deck ou l’éclat des émaux 1823-1891 (1994), nos 114-118.

    Mephistopheles looks down on the beautiful and innocent Marguerite.  Was this merely a portrait of a young girl or, more likely, a reference to Gounod’s popular opera Faust, first performed in 1859?  The border of the charger symbolically painted with daisies (marguerites), on a ground of yellow, a colour redolent of the 1890s.