“Where men suffer, women bring relief” is the footnote to this stoneware plate. Ravage’s woman in work is hidden behind images of the Nun, the Virgin Mary and the Queen. Although not religious, the designers use archetypes to scrutinize norms and values. The “immaculate” nurse is an image often found in their paintings, but even here it is layered in iconography. The plate is made by Albarello in Paris, and signed “Ravage JPT.” Splendor is limited to black and white, save the nurse’s sleeve and hat, which are hand-painted in a royal blue. Although the composition looks like it belongs to another time, the nurse’s expression is more contemporary than kitsch. This is why she is known simply as Betty.
Hand Painted Biscuit Stoneware
187/8 × 187/8 IN