In the eye of Eva Cwajg, the Tables of Eva

This week, Eva Cwajg, Les Tables d'Eva, invites you to spend Christmas in the countryside. Although it is not the season, she immediately fell for a cherry decoration, on a magnificent and rare service in very fine earthenware from Sarreguemines. Usually decorated using the lithochromic technique, this service affirms its rarity with its hand-made decoration. Never seen before for Eva, she presents it for the first time. Probably from a special order, it is dated around 1880 and made up of around a hundred pieces. It makes you want to take a closer look at this emblematic Moselle manufacture ...

The history of the Sarreguemines factory began on the eve of the 19th century, in 1790, Joseph Fabry and the Jacoby brothers, three Strasbourg tobacco merchants bought an oil mill to set up an earthenware factory there. Initially modest, 20 workers for a single oven, it is the place of manufacture of a fine earthenware called cailloutage. But his beginnings were difficult and the Fabry brothers' shares were sold to Paul Utzschneider, who introduced new techniques from England to Sarreguemines. He developed the technique of printing the decoration, for a slightly blurry rendering that would become one of the characteristics of this earthenware. This process makes it possible to produce a wide variety of patterns.

The fame of the manufacture asserted itself and it quickly became a factory. Production became industrialized and truly shaped the city. Sarreguemines becomes one of the most important ceramic centers in Europe. At the start of the 20th century, the city had more than 3000 workers. In the early 1980s, the factory only produced tiles. In 2007, she ceased her activity definitively.

Of the Sarreguemines earthenware, we will retain very recognizable decorations such as the “Butterfly” decoration, the so-called talking plates, representing characters accompanied by a sometimes humorous text. The manufacture has also developed matte Wedgwood-style sandstones as well as fine polished sandstones resembling hard stone.

Today, ceramic enthusiasts adore Sarreguemines earthenware and the profusion of patterns gives collectors the opportunity to be able to indulge in an endless treasure hunt ...



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