Antique Green Tole Peinte Large Tole Tray decorated with gilt hand painted leaf garland detailing around the perimeter. The center has a beautifully painted classical harbor scene, featuring a stunning ocean front sandy beach, a tall sailing ship in the water. A fisherman is trying to catch his supper, while a woman carries a basket on her head as was the custom on the coast of Brittany. Or perhaps it is a more exotic locale? Exciting find, collectible French trays of this size are rare to find.
This is such a charming accent piece, it is in age~appropriate condition, but there is wear with missing paint, a little more wear than I usually buy for you. Please see closeup photos. I did, however, just love the scene, the shape of this tray, and the craquelure. Perfect for display on your mantel, on your sideboard, with your collection of toleware in your library. Beautiful patina, minor inpainting by original owner, and wear as is to be expected of a piece from the 1800's, very early 1900's. Signed Made in France on the back. Measures 17-1/4" x 9-7/8".