Opium, plate



Société Céramique
Made in Holland


Opium was "on everyone's lips" at the beginning of the 20th century - the Opium Wars between Great Britain and the Empire of China (1839-1842, 1856-1860) had catapulted the Far Eastern drug onto the front page of the daily papers. A generation later, morphine had become a legend.


Thus, the Maestricht porcelain manufactory "Société céramique" presented in 1900 a table service (flat and deep plates, Saucière, oval serving plate etc) out with the name "Morphée" on which opium capsules are seen in different stages of maturity.


In 1850/51 Winand Clermont and Charles Chainaye founded a ceramics factory in Maestricht, which in 1859 became the "Société pour la fabrication des faiences et produits céramiques de toute espèce" - registered in the commercial register as "Guillaume Lambert & Co."; from 1863 to 1958 the company was called "Société Céramique". The plant had therefore been founded in the middle of the second Opium War. He merged in 1958 with "Koninklijke Sphinx NV" - from this merger, the still existing company "Sphinx Céramique NV" emerged.





CATALOGUS Maastrichtse ceramiek uit de 19de eeuw: Petrus Ragout, Clermont & Chainaye, Guillaime Lambert, N.A. Bosch, Societé Céramique. Asd., Rijksmuseum, 1976. 4to. Met talr. z/w afb. Ingenaaid. Goed ex. EUR 14.00.