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c.1900 unique Desvres France Art Nouveau tube-line frieze



This unique Art Nouveau tube-line frieze was made circa 1900 by the French company Desvres which is still in existence in the namesake town in Northern France. The frieze was removed from a butcher's shop in Northern France, and we know there is nothing like it any any of the Desvres pattern books, it is therefore very likely that the owner of the shop ('Mr Big' in the blue coat of the last image) commissioned the work. There are intriguing initials on the horse's blinker, 'LG', which might be the owner, or more likely, the designer.

Measurements are 8.25m/27ft long (obviously can go round any number of corners) x 45cm/18in high, each tile is approximately 15cm/6in square.

Condition Information: while the great majority of the 165 tiles were removed intact, some have required professional restoration, three have been re-created, all backs are clean, cement free and read for installation. The actual tile colours are wonderfully vibrant, and while the colour tones of the images shown are quite accurate to the real thing, due to photography lighting conditions, printing, and monitor settings, variations are unavoidable, also, due to production methods of the time there are some light colour differences within the tiles themselves.

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  • Reference Number: 4495