French Revolution Bicentennial Plates Set of Six

Saint Amand France
Item number: PYH 5564

This charming set of six French faïence plates were made in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux, a town located in the northern part of France. The tin-glazed earthenware plates were created in 1989 to mark the bicentennial of the start of the French Revolution. (May 5, 1789). Each plate, which measures 7 3/4 inches in diameter, has a different colorful transfer in the center. Here is a list of the center motifs and what they represent:

# 1: W – la Montagne 1791 ("The Mountain," a political group formed during the Revolution; 1791 was the year of the new French Constitution)
# 2: Vive la liberté Sans Licence ("Long live freedom without a license {permission}")
# 3: A ca ira ("It'll Be Fine," the song of the sans-culottes, the common people who fought in the Revolution, first heard in May 1790.)
# 4: Constitution (Constitution of 1791, created by the National Assembly during the French Revolution)
# 5: Vive la Nation ("Long Live the Nation!")
# 6: W LN (unknown after much research)

The mark on the underside of each plate includes SAINT-AMAND FRANCE and A CA IRA, along with crossed swords and the French tricolor banner. The gold J in a wreath mark is that of a retailer or importer.

Each plate weighs just under 10 ounces. All six are absolutely pristine, with no chips, crazing stains or other damage. The colors are bright and cheerful against the pure white glaze, adding a lovely touch of Country French to your home.

>>>Confirmation of the dating of these plates was taken from the website



PYH 5564