7" white plate from Sarreguemines, France
7" white plate from Sarreguemines, France. Inside a 1.5" rim there is a portrayal of The Tortoise and the Hare. The front carries two inscriptions: "Fables de la Fontaine" and "Le Lievre et la Tortue." The back has, in sketchy form, "Fables de la Fontaine" and "Digoin/Sarreguemines, France." $20 from Dany Wolfs, Roesalare, Belgium, Sept., '00. One extra exemplar
The conception of the scene here has, by contrast with other plates in the series, nothing to do with Grandville's original. The plate presents a dark and busy scene. The scene itself, and particularly the tortoise are not easy to take in. A mouse perches clumsily at the upper right.