"Turkey Canakkale Empire Ottoman Nineteenth Ceramic Demoiselle d'Avignon AiguiÈre Pitcher 19th"Ewer with a stylized bird's head, called "damsel of Avignon" or Damoiseau Turkey, Canakkale, 19th century A stylized bird head with a ceramic head with a floral decoration applied to the underglaze aubergine glaze. High. : 35cm Condition: Perfect A Canakkale ceramic ewer, Turkey, 19th century Demoiselle d'Avignon This is a very popular terracotta ewer in the south of France, which turns out to be a Turkish pottery made in Canakkale small port located on the Dardanelles Strait. Two theories about their strong presence in Marseille, Beaucaire, Avignon ...: 1) These ewers were imported in France during the entire nineteenth century, filled with raki (grape brandy flavored with anise). raki kept empty these beautiful and unusual shaped jugs which gave them their name. 2) Marseille boats carrying French goods to Turkey returned loaded with Ottoman ceramics which were sold at regional fairs and markets. The local bourgeoisie was fond of decorating its interior with these exotic pieces. They have a round belly and a slender neck partly closed by a sort of animal head with a pouring spout that can be either in the shape of a big lip or in the shape of a tube (which sometimes makes them name Demoiselle). and Damoiseau). On the head as on the belly are applied decorations in the form of plants, scrolls, rosettes ... Many of these pottery have very colorful repaints of plants over the varnish. In France there are other forms of ewers also coming from Canakkale, but not arrived in the hexagon filled with raki or not, but reported as a souvenir by soldiers who participated either in the Crimean War (1853/56) or to the battles of the Dardanelles during the great war (1914/18).