Bernard Palissy (c. 1510–1590), Ewer, Saint-Porchaire ware, c. 1545−65, glazed earthenware @frickcollection. "Only about seventy authentic pieces of Saint-Porchaire are known today, making them exceedingly rare. In March, the Frick purchased an unusual Saint-Porchaire ewer decorated with a lizard spout and a handle in the shape of a bearded man...Recent research connects the ewer to the famed ceramicist Bernard Palissy, which makes it a particularly exciting acquisition for the museum...Little is known about Saint-Porchaire wares—neither the exact location of their manufacture nor the identity of the potter (or potters) who made them. The wares take their name from Saint-Porchaire, a small town in Poitou, a region in southwestern France rich in kaolin, the white clay used to make porcelain. The technical similarities, unusual inlaid decorations, and geometric patterns shared by Saint-Porchaire pieces suggest a rather small production concentrated in the hands of a few craftsmen, perhaps even a single person, over a period of less than twenty years, from 1540 to 1560.
Technically difficult and expensive to produce, these ceramics were far too fragile for daily use. Instead, they were intended for display in a study, to be admired next to curios and other luxury objects. The main patrons of Saint- Porchaire wares—whose coats-of-arms are found on a number of examples—include Louis de Bourbon, prince of Condé, and members of prominent Poitou families whose connections with one another date back to the Middle Ages.
The lizard spout on the ewer recently acquired by The Frick Collection was cast from a plaster mold from the workshop of the celebrated sixteenth-century ceramist Bernard Palissy. The mold was discovered in the 1980s during excavations that took place under the Musée du Louvre, where Palissy’s workshop had been located.” #palissy #pottery #ceramics #ceramicart #historyofceramics #keramik #陶器 #陶瓷 #도기류 #도예 #keramikk #ceramica #seramik #seramic #poterie #instapottery - 2 hours ago