Antique and vintage terre de fer
Antique and vintage terre de fer, which means "ironstone" in English, is a highly collectible form of ceramic, originating from France. Terre de fer is most often found in the form of plates, with Longchamp of Dijon among the most recognised of the manufacturers.
It is characterised by raised decorations on plates, often in the form of fruit and vegetables.
Antique or vintage?
Terre de fer produced more than 100 years ago are classed as “antique” according to the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition.
“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.
Notable sales of antique and vintage terre de fer
Three French majolica wall plaques, produced in around 1890 by Longchamp, sold for $1,900 at Heritage Auctions in May 2010.
A majolica asparagus server and three plates, made by Longchamp, achieved $250 at Brunk Auctions in 2005.