Décor Bleu d’Arras, hand painted, St Eloi Celebration.
Porcelain of Limoges
Origin: Town of Arras in the Pas-De-Calais Department
Diameter 19 cm (7.48 inches)
Height 36 cm (14.17 inches)
Information: A bit of History,
Arras would not be Arras without its “Bleu” since 1770.
A family of four sisters set up a porcelain factory. The factory closed in 1790, being no heirs to pass the know-how.
In the 1960’s, Henri Caudron rediscovered the technique and revived the Arras porcelain.
The rat symbol. In former times, the “S” in Arras was not pronounced. So “ARRA’ became “A Rats”, in popular imagery and language, as they both sounded the same in French. Rats first appeared on official city seals in the 14th century, surrounding a lion and a fortified enclosure. From 1331, they also appeared among the symbol of the Bishopric of Arras. Adopted by the coin mint of Philip II of Spain in the 16th century, the image of the rat was disseminated widely and thus became the curious and rather mischievous emblem of the City.
Saint Eloi (Saint Eligius) was Chief counsellor to Dagobert I, Merovingian king of France, also Saint patron of goldsmiths, metalworkers, horses and those who work with them.
Cleaning and Care Recommendations:
Soft Hand Wash, dry thoroughly