Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890

Lion of Belfort majolica toby jug produced by Fives-Lille circa 1890. The Lion of Belfort toby jug commemorates the Siege of Belfort in 1870-71 and is a symbol of French resistance against the Prussian assault and blockade at Belfort, France. The lion is holding a scroll with the slogan "Liberte Egalite Fraternite" or Liberty Equality Brotherhood. The lion's tail forms the handle of the jug. The design for the toby jug is inspired by the Lion of Befort monument located at the foot of Belfort Castle. There is a known advertising version for Paul Tinson Faiencerie of Boulogne photo courtesy of Nicolas Tassin.

Maker:

Fives-Lille

France

circa 1890

4399

Model:

Majolica

Height:

10 1/2"

large

Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890
Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890
Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890
Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890
Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890
Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890
Lion of Belfort toby jug - Fives-Lille circa 1890