French Earthenware Photos

While France is noted for Porcelain, it has a long history of practical earthenware vessels by small producers. Examples date from the Iron Age to the end of 1800s.

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Tiles painted with coat of arms from French Renaissance Écouen Chateau at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Glazed earthenware bowl with line-drawn facial profile of woman from Beauvaisis at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware figure of chalémie flute player from Beauvaisis at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Ceramic plate with halberdier image made in Arras at Arras Fine Art Museum. Arras, France.
Tiles painted with coat of arms from French Renaissance Écouen Chateau at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Glazed earthenware bowl with line-drawn facial profile of woman (1500-1550) from Beauvaisis at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware figure of chalémie flute player (mid 16thC) from Beauvaisis at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Ceramic plate with halberdier image (1635) made in Arras at Arras Fine Art Museum. Arras, France.
Glazed earthenware pilgrim's gourd from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware jug with 3 handles incised with two-headed eagle from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware jug with 3 handles incised with two-headed eagle from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware puzzle jug from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.
Glazed earthenware pilgrim's gourd (1600-20) from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware jug with 3 handles incised with two-headed eagle (1600-50) from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware jug with 3 handles incised with two-headed eagle (1600-50) from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.Glazed earthenware puzzle jug (17thC) from Saintonge, France at Sèvres National Ceramic Museum. Paris, France.
Ceramic jug for absinthe at Musées des Arts Décoratifs. Lyon, France.Glazed earth bowl with Jupiter & Callisto by workshop of Fontainebleau at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Ceramics made to mimic turkey, pickles, lettuce, radishes, eggplant mostly from Paul Hannong of Strasbourg & P. Mombaers of Brussels at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.Ceramics made to mimic birds and vegetables at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.
Ceramic jug for absinthe (end of 15thC) at Musées des Arts Décoratifs. Lyon, France.Glazed earth bowl with Jupiter & Callisto (start 17thC) by workshop of Fontainebleau (aka Avon) at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Ceramics made to mimic turkey, pickles, lettuce, radishes, eggplant mostly (1700s) from Paul Hannong of Strasbourg & P. Mombaers of Brussels at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.Ceramics made to mimic birds and vegetables (1700s) at Museum of Decorative Arts. Paris, France.
Collection of trompe l'oeil faience plates from France at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France.Trompe l'oeil faience plate with fake olives from France at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France.Trompe l'oeil faience plate with fake hard boiled eggs from France at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France.Faience soup tureen by Veuve Perrin factory of Marseille at Beaux-Arts Museum. Lyon, France.
Collection of trompe l'oeil faience plates (18thC) from France at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France.Trompe l'oeil faience plate with fake olives (18thC) from France at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France.Trompe l'oeil faience plate with fake hard boiled eggs (18thC) from France at Orleans Beaux Arts Museum. Orleans, France.Faience soup tureen (c1760-70) by Veuve Perrin factory of Marseille at Beaux-Arts Museum. Lyon, France.
Terra cotta dragon roof ridge figure by Pré-d'Auge potters at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Glazed earth water dispenser from Auge, France at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Terra cotta green glazed water dispensers & rabbit terrine "gîte à lièvre" by Pré-d'Auge potters at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Pottery for everyday use at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.
Terra cotta dragon roof ridge figure (16th-17thC) by Pré-d'Auge potters at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Glazed earth water dispenser (mid 17thC) from Auge, France at Rouen Ceramic Museum. Rouen, France.Terra cotta green glazed water dispensers (1771) & rabbit terrine "gîte à lièvre" (19thC) by Pré-d'Auge potters at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Pottery for everyday use (18th-19thC) at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.
Terra cotta rabbit terrines "gîte à lièvre" at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Jars & vessels used in dairy production at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Glass & ceramic serving vessels for Calvados, distilled apple cider of Normandy, at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Pottery vessels by Noron-la-Poterie & other Calvados producers at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.
Terra cotta rabbit terrines "gîte à lièvre" (1752 & 18th-19thC) at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Jars & vessels used in dairy production (19thC) at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Glass & ceramic serving vessels for Calvados, distilled apple cider of Normandy, at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Pottery vessels (19thC) by Noron-la-Poterie & other Calvados producers at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.
Stoneware vessels mostly by Noron-la-Poterie at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Stoneware water dispenser with top in form of Emperor Napoleon I by Vindefontaine potters at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Pottery roof finial with mounted figure of Frederick the Great of Prussia made in Brittany at St Malo Museum. St Malo, France.Ceramic circular canteen with ad for Companion Tanners by Faïence de l'Ouest from Nantes at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.
Stoneware vessels (19thC) mostly by Noron-la-Poterie at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Stoneware water dispenser with top in form of Emperor Napoleon I (19thC) by Vindefontaine potters at Museum of Normandy. Caen, France.Pottery roof finial with mounted figure of Frederick the Great of Prussia (end 19thC) made in Brittany at St Malo Museum. St Malo, France.Ceramic circular canteen (gourd) with ad for Companion Tanners (1850) by Faïence de l'Ouest from Nantes at Carnavalet Museum. Paris, France.
Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.White ceramic bowl with lattice-work cover made in France at Museum of Fine Arts. Reims, France.Faience plate painted with grotesque scenes by Manuf. Olerys et Laugier of Moustiers, France at Ariana Museum. Geneva, Switzerland.
Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.Ceramic jars in kitchen at Chenonceau Chateau. Chenonceau, France.White ceramic bowl with lattice-work cover made in France at Museum of Fine Arts. Reims, France.Faience plate painted with grotesque scenes (1745-60) by Manuf. Olerys et Laugier of Moustiers, France at Ariana Museum. Geneva, Switzerland.
Faience cup & saucer by Joseph G. Robert of Marseille at Ariana Museum. Geneva, Switzerland.Ceramic covered dish in form of chicken with chicks by Ferrière-la-Petite at Museum of Fine Arts. Reims, France.Ceramic nautilus-shaped fruit cup on pedestal by Thomas Sergent from France at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.Stoneware serving basket by Manuf. Creil of France at Bavarian National Museum. Munich, Germany.
Faience cup & saucer (1761-90) by Joseph G. Robert of Marseille at Ariana Museum. Geneva, Switzerland.Ceramic covered dish in form of chicken with chicks (19thC) by Ferrière-la-Petite at Museum of Fine Arts. Reims, France.Ceramic nautilus-shaped fruit cup on pedestal (19thC) by Thomas Sergent from France at Blois Chateau. Blois, France.Stoneware serving basket (c1810) by Manuf. Creil of France at Bavarian National Museum. Munich, Germany.
Stoneware serving gravy boat & plates by Manuf. Creil of France at Bavarian National Museum. Munich, Germany.Vase with four faces by Léon Elchinger & Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach in Museum of Modern Art. Strasbourg, France.Pottery fountain of ape playing with dolphin called Consul s'amuse by Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach in Museum of Modern Art. Strasbourg, France.
Stoneware serving gravy boat & plates (c1810) by Manuf. Creil of France at Bavarian National Museum. Munich, Germany.Vase with four faces (1900-5) by Léon Elchinger & Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach in Museum of Modern Art. Strasbourg, France.Pottery fountain of ape playing with dolphin called Consul s'amuse (1903) by Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach in Museum of Modern Art. Strasbourg, France.

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