This wonderful framed faience charger depicting Romeo and Juliet dates from circa 1880, and comes from Creil and Montereau (B & Cie). This finely painted work depicts the lovers in a wooded glen, with a bird of prey taking the life of a love bird at their feet, and features a border with stylized foliate ogival lappets. It is believed to be a work by or after the German painter, Charles Fuchs (1803-1874). On verso is the black printed banner mark of Creil & Montereau, and on front it is signed "Ch Fuchs" in lower left. Gesso and giltwood frame is original and features exceptional carved details. Frame measures 27.5" tall/wide and 2" deep (69.9 by 69.9 by 5 cm), and the charger measures 19.25" (48.7 cm) across. There are no visible cracks. We have not examined the charger out of its frame. It may have restorations including inpainting. We are selling this item "as-is".
A well-listed artist, the Benezit states he was born in Prague in 1803, and studied art at Strasbourg in Alsace, and was known for his portraits and landscapes. He died in Hamburg in 1874. Fuchs is known to have painted decorative porcelain throughout the mid-nineteenth century, and his painted works (including vases, urns, chargers, etc.) appear regularly at major auction. The highest known sale price achieved at auction for a work of his painted porcelain is believe to have occurred at Heritage Auctions on September 27, 2011, when lot 86496, a pair of 38 in (96.5 cm) bronze-mounted porcelain vases in the Sevres style, sold for $55,000.