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Service Rousseau Plate

This is a plate. It was designed by Felix Bracquemond and made for Francois-Eugene Rousseau. It is dated 1866 and we acquired it in 1990. Its medium is glazed and hand-painted earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The Service Rousseau is one of the earliest expressions of Japonism in French decorative arts. The decoration was inspired in part by Katsushika Hokusai’s woodcuts that Bracquemond first saw in the workshop of a Paris printer in the mid-1850s. The service was first exhibited to great acclaim at the 1867 Exposition Universelle in Paris and shown at world’s fairs in Paris, Vienna and London in the years following its production.

It is credited Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund.

  • Stencil, Paper Fans
  • mulberry paper (kozo washi) treated with fermented persimmon tannin....
  • Museum purchase through gift of Norvin Hewitt Green.
  • 1946-104-3

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 2 x 24.2 cm (13/16 x 9 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

On base: in black oval stamp: "Maisons / TOY & LEVEILLÉ / RÉUNIES / 10. RUE DE LA PAIS / PARIS"; in ochre: "M"; impressed: "C [?] / 4"

Cite this object as

Service Rousseau Plate; Designed by Felix Bracquemond (France, 1833 – 1914); Made for Francois-Eugene Rousseau (1827 – 1891); France; glazed and hand-painted earthenware; H x diam.: 2 x 24.2 cm (13/16 x 9 1/2 in.); Museum purchase from Decorative Arts Association Acquisition Fund; 1990-41-1

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Passion for the Exotic: Japonism.

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