European Decorative Arts and Sculpture
PlaqueMade in Paris, France, Europe
Achille Barbizet, French, c. 1825 - c. 1890
Earthenware with colored glaze decoration
1876-1180Purchased with Museum funds, 1876
LabelThis plaque, among the first objects to enter the Museum’s collection, was purchased from the Centennial Exhibition that was held in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park in 1876. The nineteenth-century fascination with the life and art of the Renaissance ceramist Bernard Palissy (French, c. 1510-1590) was evident in the work of a number of exhibitors at the Centennial, chief among them Achille Barbizet. The Barbizet workshop specialized in Palissy-style ceramics, particularly those, such as this plaque, of a type known as figulines rustiques (rustic earthenwares).
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