A Good “Memory Ware” (or “Pique Assiette”) Pot Sherd Mosaic Jar

A Good “Memory Ware” (or “Pique Assiette”) Pot Sherd Mosaic Jar

Code: 10936


H: 11.6cm (4.6")Di: 13.4cm (5.3")


A “Memory Ware” (or “Pique Assiette”) Jar 
Porcelain jar, decorated with an applied mosaic of china fragments 
Probably English 
Early 20th Century

11.6 cm high x 13.4 cm diameter 

A very good example of the type of Folk-Art piece known as “Memory Ware”. These wares were decorated with a mosaic of fragments salvaged from spoil heaps of broken but much-loved pots which were often stuck onto the carcass of another broken, but held-in-affection piece of pottery. In this way items which would otherwise have been thrown-away turned into decorative items, preserving the "memory" of the objects they were fashioned from. In France they are known as “Pique-Assiette” (a phrase meaning both 'broken plate' and 'a freeloader who steals off plates').

Here a 19th Century Chinese ginger-jar has been decorated with sherds taken from an extraordinarily cross-section of items, identifiable as very high-end porcelain and bone-china and more humble pottery and coloured glass. Included are some fascinating fragments of mid-18th Century Chinese famille-rose export porcelain, one of which bears the still-legible motto'VIVAT ORANYE' (the motto of the royal House of Orange).