An antique French terracotta plate painted with a folk art dancing scene dating from the early 1900s. The large round plate has been hand crafted from kiln-fired pottery and features raised sides. The top surface has been painted in oil paints. It portrays a group of villagers in traditional costumes performing the Bourree dance. They are in a country landscape with mountains of Auvergne in the backround. The plate has been titled in French along the bottom edge "La Bourée du Mont doré".
The underside has been signed with the name of the bazar departement store in Paris ("Bazar de Paris").
The bourrée (also in England, borry or bore) is a dance which originates in Auvergne in France. It is sometimes called the "French clog dance" or a "branle of the sabots". First mentioned as a popular dance in 1665 in Clermont-Ferrand, it still survives in Auvergne in the Massif Central and in the department of Ariège and is danced during bals folk in France and in other countries. The present-day dance in lower Auvergne, also called Montagnarde (Montanhardas), is in triple time while that of high Auvergne called Auvergnate (Auvernhatas) is in double time. Modern variants termed bourrées are danced as partner dances, circle dances, square dances and line dances.
15" in diameter x 1.5" Deep (38 cm x 4 cm).
The wall plate is in good antique condition with some signs of age including surface marks, scratches and small flakes to the paint in places.
There are no chips or cracks.
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