Bronze statue of Bernard Palissy in courtyard
of the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres (France)

To any serious student of ceramics, the name Bernard Palissy conjures vision of realistically colored fish, coiled vipers, and slinking lizards in naturalistic settings. This sixteenth-century Renaissance man of France enjoyed both the patronage and protection of the royal family, particularly the queen mother, Catherine de Medici.

The Palissy revival period (1843-1900) would not only engage many skilled artists and ceramic factories in France, but would spread to other countries as well, including England and Portugal. In France, during the 19th century, two important schools were created, in Tourraine and in Paris.

Many of this artist's works appear in the collections of the world's great museums, including the Louvre and the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, the National Ceramics Museum in Sèvres, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Museum in London. The largest collection of these ceramists' works is at the Museum of Fine Arts in Tours, France, which contains nearly 160 pieces, of which about forty are on permanent display.

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Barbizet ? circa 1865  
Dimensions 7 ½ x 5 ¼ inches 
Earthen fired to the biscuit stage before the decoration with glazes is applied. 
See photo page 133 attributed to Georges Pull in Palissy Ware (Katz and Lehr).
Vase signed by Thomas-Victor Sergent with two large blue letters T.S. 
H : 7 ¼ inches 
Circa 1880
Commemorative plate attributed to Alexandre Landais, circa 1890, 
representing the "Château de Chenonceaux" 
See in PALISSY WARE (Katz-Lehr) photos 93 page 93 
Dimensions 12x9 inches
Flower pot-case with two large gargoyle heads decorated with flowers and plants by Thomas-Victor Sergent signed by two large blue letters T.S. 
H : 7 ¼ inches 
circa 1880
Jardinière, atributed to Thomas Victor Sergent. Unsigned. 
circa 1870 
Dimensions : 6 ¾ x 6 ¼ inches 
H : 5 inches
Vase by Thomas Sergent with white grapes and two very important ramsheads. 
H : 7 ¼ inches 
Circa 1880
Signed, incized and dated "Boch 1892"  
Dimensions 12x9 inches 
The Boch works are extremely rare. .
Signed Joseph Landais (1800-1883) 
Monogram JL incised 
Dimension : 7 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches 
circa 1860
Large leaf in very thin earthenware ornated by a water snake, snails and butterfly. 
Dimensions : 14 ½ x 16 ¼ inches 
Very probably from Limoges 
circa 1900
Vase by Thomas Sergent  
H : 11 inches 
With cherubs, young fauns, and two gargoyles heads. 
circa 1880-1890. 
The pinnacle of Neogothic art ! 
Signature : two large latters T.S. , in blue.
Vase by Thomas Victor Sergent 
H : 7 ¾ inches 
circa 1880 
Signed with two large blue letters T.S. Ornated by two important frogs and oakleafs.
Platter, Alfred Renoleau, signed AR on the back.  
Diameter 11 ¾ inches 
circa 1890 
Compare page 177 photo 237 in Palissy Ware by Katz and Lehr.
Medicis vase by Thomas-Victor Sergent signed with two large blue letters T.S. 
H : 14 inches 
circa 1885 
The base is a laurel crown, with four ramshead in a very strong relief. On a marbled bottom, the four seasons are appliqued. 
In "Bernard Palissy" by Leonard M. Amigo,  two paragraphs are devoted to this remarkable work (pages 215 and 216 photo nr. 200).
Addition June 5th, 2000

Cobalt blue majolica jug 

Signed by François-Maurice 

Paris, circa 1875

H : 13 inches

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