7" white plate from Sarreguemines, France
7" white plate from Sarreguemines, France. Inside a 1.5" rim there is an adaptation of J.J. Grandville's "The Two Rats and the Egg" (X 1). The front carries two inscriptions: "Fables de la Fontaine" and "Les Deux Rats, le Renard et l'Oeuf." The back has "Fables de la Fontaine" and "Digoin/Sarreguemines/France." $33 from Brown Pelican Antiques, Panama City, FL, May, '99.
This illustration uses Grandville for the basic form of the two rats and the egg, but changes the forest of the book engraving into a bit of vegetation and an opening through which the fox can peer at the scene. The work is not quite as distinct as the Grasshopper and the Ant in the same series.