Montpellier Terre de faïences : Potiers et faïenciers entre Moyen Age et XVIIIe siècle

Abstract : Montpellier could be described as the home of ceramic production in southern France. Many scholars have indeed underlined its importance since the nineteenth century thanks to the rich collections preserved in early local pharmacies and in museums throughout Europe, and to the international antiques trade. As early as 1943 the pioneer works of Jean Thuile highlighted the key role of the Languedoc capital in the development of faience in France.Recent archaeological excavations have brought to light new evidencerevealing the richness of an industry which flourished continuously from the thirteenth to the eighteenth century. Based upon a unique corpus of archival, archaeological and petrographical data, the present book is published on the occasionof an exhibition at the Musée Fabre at Montpellier and the Musée archéologique Henri Prades at Lattes near Montpellier. It illustrates the diversity of the production of ceramics for everyday life, as well as the degree of perfection and mastership achieved by the local ateliers. The well illustrated contributions in this work establish a link between archaeological evidence and collection pieces and make a fundamental contribution to the study of the origins and development of faience in France and its relationship with Italy and Spain.
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Jean-Louis Vayssettes, Lucy Vallauri. Montpellier Terre de faïences : Potiers et faïenciers entre Moyen Age et XVIIIe siècle. France. Silvana Editoriale, 552 p., 2012, Archéologie de Montpellier Agglomération, 3, 978-88-366-2264-1. ⟨halshs-00697740⟩



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