China plate of "L'Huitre et les Plaideurs" (The Oyster and Litigants)
China plate of "L'Huitre et les Plaideurs." Robert Saffer (?). Paris: G.D. $11.50 from Maureen Reese, Fleetville, PA, through eBay, Dec., '03.
The seller guesses a date in the late 1800's or early 1900's. She describes the piece as a vintage porcelain/ceramic plate measuring about 8¼" in diameter. There is a painted pink rim with an embossed floral design. In the plate's center is a fine colored depiction of the two litigants and the judge just as he is consuming the flesh of the disputed oyster. Maroon, tan, yellow, blue, flesh, and green color the scene very nicely. Text is arranged in unusual fashion. Four lines appear with the title above the scene. Successive sections move from 3 o'clock down to 6 o'clock with fresh indentations. The artist's signature is, as the seller notes, quite difficult to decipher. "Robert" seems clear, but the last name could be "Falln" or "Saffer" or several combinations of these letters. The back has one or two apparent registry marks besides the "G.D. Paris" stamp. I am not sure I have another plate anything like this specimen. Lovely!