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Sheila S. Blair

Persian family of potters. The family is sometimes known, somewhat improperly, by the epithet Kashani [al-Kashani, Qashani], which refers to their home town, Kashan. It was a major centre for the production of lustre pottery in medieval Iran, and they were among the leading potters there, working in both the Monumental and the Miniature styles (...

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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

Lebanese–American artist and writer. Daughter of a Greek Christian mother and a Syrian Muslim father, she was educated in Lebanon and at universities in France and the United States. For many years she taught the philosophy of art at Dominican College, San Rafael, CA. She also lectured and taught at many other colleges and universities until her retirement in the late 1970s. Also a novelist and poet, she combined Arabic calligraphy with modern language in her drawings, paintings, ceramics and tapestries. She explored the relationship between word and image in over 200 “artist books,” in which she transcribed in her own hand Arabic poetry from a variety of sources....

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French, male.

Born 25 December 1795, in Tours, Or in 1796 according to some sources; died 6 February 1861, in Tours.

Potter. Bestiaries. Decorative schemes, church decoration, busts.

School of Tours.

Avisseau was the son of Charles Avisseau, a stone-cutter and later a potter and a 'firer of earthenware'. Charles-Jean Avisseau began his career working for his father as a stone-cutter. He then studied at the École Académique de Dessin (academy of drawing) in Tours, and later became an apprentice in an earthenware factory in St-Pierre-des-Corps. He had already become a respected colourist by ...

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1831, in Tours; died 1911, in Tours.

Potter, enameller. Religious furnishings.

School of Tours.

The son of Charles-Jean Avisseau, and uncle to Édouard-Léon, Joseph-Édouard Avisseau was a pupil of his father, and also studied drawing and painting in Lobin's studio. He worked in close collaboration with his father, and shared his taste for the historicist Renaissance movement, veering progressively towards the Baroque. With his father and his sister Caroline, he executed ...

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British, 18th century, male.

Active in London at the end of the 18th century.

Sculptor.

The son of John Bacon the Elder, T. Bacon exhibited three sculptures at the Royal Academy between 1793 and 1795: The Prodigal Son (terracotta), Christ and the Samaritan, and Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane...

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Portuguese, 17th century, male.

Activec.1691-1699.

Potter. Religious subjects. Church decoration.

The chapel in the country house of the Cordes Family near the church of Barcarena was adorned with blue tiles by Gabriel del Barco. (The use of decorative tiles - Azulejos- was a very widespread technique for both the interior and exterior decoration of churches and public monuments in Portugal in the 17th and 18th centuries.) Barco's tiles portrayed the ...

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French, 17th century, male.

Born 4 November 1608, in Le Mans; died 1671, in Angers.

Sculptor (terracotta), architect. Religious subjects, figures. Statues, groups.

Pierre Biardeau was the son of René II Biardeau. He went to live in Angers in 1638. He was in Luçon in ...

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French, 17th century, male.

Active in Le Mans.

Born 1606; died 1651.

Sculptor (terracotta). Religious subjects, figures. Groups.

This artist was the son of René Biardeau, and the brother of Pierre Biardeau. He worked on the gates of Le Mans in about 1638, and one of the ...