Achille Barbizet, French, c. 1825 - c. 1890

Made in Paris, France, Europe

c. 1876

Earthenware with colored glaze decoration

31 x 44 x 6 inches (78.7 x 111.8 x 15.2 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Decorative Arts and Sculpture

* Gallery 156, European Art 1850-1900, first floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1876

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This 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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