Category Archives: French Ceramics

Zarafa, a Giraffe which became France’s darling

Faience plates from Wally and Les issletes among other items painted with the famous giraffe Zarafa (c. 1827-9). Zarafa was a female giraffe given to Charles X King of France by Muhammad Ali of Egypt. She was one of the … Continue reading

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French Pottery – La Ceramique Francaise – Poterie Francais, is on Air

A NEW PAGE WITH ‘FRENCH CERAMICS’ FROM Mid 16th to 19th CENTURY IS ON AIR WITH 60 UNIQUE ITEMS – FOLLOW US & ENJOY THIS UNIQUE & RARE PART OF THE FRENCH POTTERY And please do not forget that we … Continue reading

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Joseph-Théodore Deck (1823–1891) was a 19th-century French potter. He was born in Guebwiller and began learning pottery in his early 20s. Deck was the first of the artist potters to explore historical styles in the name of progress in ceramics. … Continue reading

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Plate from Nevers (dated 1806 & inscribed Rene Lions) with the figure of Saint Maurille (Bishop of Angers) that regenerates a dead child by baptizing him. Saint Renee is the child that receives a re-born life. The theme of this … Continue reading

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The French Revolution (Révolution Française; 1789–1799) was a period of radical social and political change in French and European history. French Revolution began in 1789 with the convocation of the Estates-General in May. First years of the revolution were dominated … Continue reading

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19th century faience plate produced by ‘Les Islettes’ a manufactory of exquisite French pottery. The woman with parasol is Madame Bernard, the wife of the factory’s founder. The ‘Les Islettes’ faience factory in Bois d’ Epense, was founded by François … Continue reading

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Faience plate from Nevers (second half of the 18th c.). Faience was introduced in France in the 16th Century by migrant Italian potters and Nevers was the leading French centre for ceramic production. The city of Nevers employed many Italian … Continue reading

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St. Jerome with lion, painted on a French patronymique ceramic plate (Nevers?) from the beginning of the 19th century. St. Jerome (c. 347 – 30 September 420) was an Illyrian Catholic priest and apologist, first Latin translator of the Bible. … Continue reading

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