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Sunday, January 19

DIGOIN & SARREGUEMINES


While in Paris, I've been determined not to clutter up the spartan studio I'm staying in with flea market finds.  However, while attempting to purchase food at the March√© d'Aligre I couldn't help but notice the antique/rummage tables.  The vegetables were forgotten and I picked up this pitcher for 1 EUR.

Made by Digoin & Sarreguemines, the stamp dates the piece between 1871 and 1900.  Sarreguemines, named for its surrounding region, started producing ceramics around 1790.   Napoleon I was a patron and awarded the Legion of Honour to the company director.  The establishment saw considerable growth and change during the 19th century as coal replaced wood fired kilns and steam power and mechanization revolutionized production.  The additional French factories at Digoin were built in 1876. On the border between France and Germany, the region (part of Alsace-Lorraine) was French from 1766 - 1871, then German until 1918 when it was returned to France after WWI.  Production ceased in 1982 and today there is a museum at Sarreguemines, dedicated to the town's ceramic history.




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