Gien Faience earthenware is well-respected among antique collectors and connoisseurs of contemporary fine china. Its value can be determined based on a number of factors, from its desirability on the market to the style, condition and age of any given piece.
The Faiencerie de Gien was founded in 1821 by an Englishman, Thomas Hall, who wanted to introduce English manufacturing techniques to France. The company's initial focus was on functional, everyday earthenware but soon shifted to finer, more artistic pieces. Gien's contemporary dinnerware emphasises lavish designs while retaining the traditional faience glaze technique.
Because Gien is considered among one of the most important producers of faience earthenware, antique pieces in good condition are quite valuable. More desirable pieces include larger decorative items like Italianate urns, which can fetch more than £975, and rare serving dishes emblazoned with family crests, which can bring in as much as £585.
Contemporary Gien dinnerware is high-end china, and its most common motifs are hand-painted bright florals. The Faienceries de Gien releases a Noel-themed collection of plates and mugs each year; the 2010 collection ranges in price from £29 to £78. Resellers of earlier collections can expect a modest profit.