Moustiers ceramics

Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw collection

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- Jan 21 2019

Showcasing nearly 60 works of faience, alongside related prints and textiles, produced in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France during the 18th century

Moustiers Ceramics: Gifts from the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Collection highlights the decorative and broad impact of innovative patterning and variety of forms produced in tin-glazed earthenware in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, France during the 18th century.

When King Louis XIV issued a series of edicts requiring French nobility to melt their silver table services to fund French war efforts (from 1689 to 1709), faience manufacturers were quick to provide ceramic services instead. The king held a monopoly on porcelain production in France, so other wealthy patrons often chose faience instead. Entrepreneurial pottery owners pursued regional clientele, as evidenced by table services painted with the arms of influential families from nearby Provence. Moustiers pottery decorators fueled demand by developing motifs that would become imitated by other factories.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.         
Image: Moustiers Ceramics; Manufactured by Olérys and Laugier’s pottery factory in the style of Antonio Tempesta Thaw Collection, Cooper–Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York City, New York
  • Various Media
  • European
  • 18th Century
  • Various artists

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