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Bulb Pot (France)

This is a bulb pot. It was manufactured by Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory and decorated by Jean-Baptiste Solomé. It is dated ca 1900 in 18th century style and we acquired it in 2006. Its medium is tin-glazed earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Faïence from Moustiers, France, a town in the Alpine area in the southeast of France, has been made since at least the 16th century. The dynastic families of Clérissy, Olery, and Laugier grew to flourish in the production of high- and low-temperature fired earthenware of especially artistic creativity in the late 17th and 18th centuries. A monastic Prior and economist of Italian origin, Lazzaro Porri is thought to have brought the formula for tin-glazed enamel to the Clérissy family in 1671. Artistic creativity and an increasing range of coloration developed during the 18th century.
Certain motifs are associated with Moustiers and its environs. Engraved sources, such as Callot, are frequent. These decorated ceramics are known to have been sought after in their day. This is evident by the signatures often gracing the wares and by the industry that subsequently developed to both continue and imitate the styles.
This demi-lune bulb pot is by Samson, a Parisian firm that produced superb copies in Paris in the late 19th and early 20th century. It will help to give us a better idea of the tonalities and ceramic style of later Moustiers-style works. This piece is part of a larger proposed gift of Moustiers and area ceramics, the majority from the 18th century, from the collection of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw. This gift would provide the museum with a wonderful opportunity to have a collection of significant depth in this area, as well as an opportunity to pursue new scholarship on Moustiers.

This object was donated by Eugene V. Thaw and Clare E. Thaw. It is credited Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw.

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Our curators have highlighted 2 objects that are related to this one.

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  • Bequest of Walter Phelps Warren.
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Its dimensions are

Other: 14 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm (5 1/2 x 5 x 3 3/4 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside of base, in underglaze: entwined script OL / and single S

It is signed

with pseudo Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory entwined initials underglaze on base, as well as S for Samson?

Cite this object as

Bulb Pot (France); Manufactured by Olérys and Laugier's pottery factory; Decorated by Jean-Baptiste Solomé (French, 1717 - 1782); tin-glazed earthenware; Other: 14 x 12.7 x 9.5 cm (5 1/2 x 5 x 3 3/4 in.); Gift of Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw; 2006-27-6

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