Antique French faience pottery plate (Gien mark from sometime between 1860 and the late 1870s).
This is black transfer ware, a military scene from the Italian campaign of the French Emperor Napoleon III period. Beautifully detailed!
This plate depicts the Retour des Troupes Le 14 Aout 1859 (Return of the Troops August 14 1859).
Plate measures 8" in diameter, and is in very good condition without damage, amazing for a piece of this age. These plates are hard to find even in France, so I was delighted to find a number of these with different scenes. See our other pieces of Gien for more of them.