Pair of "Seated Lions, one paw on a globe" in polychrome earthenwareProbably a French work from Rouen Late 18th-early 19th centuryH: +/- 47,5 cm(accidents and restorations) Provenance: former Ansiau-Pieraerts collectionThese "Lions de perron" originally presented in pair evoke the Chinese Fô dogs made in porcelain and arrived in France in the 17th century. These fabulous animals, with a protective role, had the mission of keeping away evil spirits. Several factories, including Rouen, Lunéville, Angoulême, have retained the idea by transforming these Chinese sculptures into lions installed opposite each other. They were enthroned on staircase pillars when their size was appropriate. Hence the expression "to look at themselves as earthenware dogs".