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French, 16th century, male.

Died before 1564.

Potter. Decorative motifs.

Mentioned in documents from 1526, Abaquesne was the first ceramicist to set up in Rouen. His work shows the influence of Italian models. He made a series of panels for the chateau of Écouen and the chapel at La Bastie d'Urfé....

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German, 18th century, male.

Active still alive in 1782.

Born 1714, in Zerbst.

Miniaturist.

Brother of E. H. Abel and Ernst August Abel. After working for a time at the royal porcelain manufactory in Berlin, he gave up painting in favour of music, becoming first violinist in Schwerin. His sons Wilhelm, Christian August, and August, were his pupils....

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Swiss, 19th century, male.

Born in Tafers (Fribourg).

Sculptor.

He was a monk who lived as a hermit at St Theodule near Memberg around 1850. He submitted modelled clay figures to various Swiss exhibitions. It is not known if he studied sculpture before taking orders....

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German, 20th century, male.

Born 8 March 1918.

Sculptor.

Hans Achtziger worked primarily as a sculptor in decorative work, tin glazed earthenware and porcelain.

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Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1900, in Marciana Marina (Livorno); died 1971, in Milan.

Painter, ceramicist, illustrator, scenographer, writer. Stage costumes.

Futurism.

Giovanni Acquaviva studied philosophy and law at the University of Pisa, while devoting himself to illustration at the same time. He founded the Futurist group ...

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Italian, 19th century, male.

Active in Naples at the beginning of the 19th century.

Sculptor, modeller (porcelain).

Four bisque medallions of the face of Napoleon are attributed to Pietro Paolo Acquaviva. He made them at the royal porcelain factory. Acquaviva was one of the artists who produced the decorations upon the return of the Bourbons to Naples. He was appointed a teacher of sculpture in ...

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British, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 1868, in Worcester; died 1947.

Painter. Landscapes.

Harry Adams worked as a decorative artist for the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory for eight years, before going to study art at the Académie Julian in Paris in 1895. He first exhibited in ...

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British, 19th century, male.

Born 1840, in Edmonton, Surrey; died 20 June 1906, in Ewhurst Hill, near Guildford.

Painter, watercolourist, engraver. Genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures.

John Clayton Adams exhibited landscapes at Royal Academy exhibitions in London from 1863. He was a member of the New Watercolour Society and the Society of British Artists. He painted landscapes in the South of England....

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Name of at least four potters in Staffordshire in the late 18th century and early 19th. The most distinguished William Adams (1746–1805) was the founder of Greengates Pottery, where the design and high quality of his jasper ware has led to the mistaken inference that he had been trained by Josiah Wedgwood; in fact he trained with John Brindley, brother of the canal builder James Brindley. His wares, of which some 300 examples are known to survive, are stamped Adams and Co. Apart from jasper ware, he also made underglaze blue-printed ware. He was succeeded by his son Benjamin, who ran the business until its closure in 1820.

The works of Adams of Greengates are sometimes confused with those of his three namesakes: William Adams (1748–1831) of Brick House, Burslem and Cobridge; William Adams of Stoke-on-Trent (1772–1829), who exported many blue-painted wares to the USA; and William Adams (...

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German, 19th century, male.

Born 1786 or 1787, in Triesdorf near Ansbach; died 1842 or 1850, in Munich.

Painter (including porcelain), watercolourist. History painting, portraits.

He was first taught art by Professor Naumann in Ansbach. Later, around 1811, he worked at the royal manufactory in Nymphenburg, where he was appointed head and inspector of the painting workshop. In his genre, he is considered among the best German masters. His reputation is based mainly on his reproductions of old masters. Notable among his works are some large vases decorated with portraits of members of the Bavarian royal family....

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Sheila S. Blair and Jonathan M. Bloom

(b. Beirut, 1925).

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.

E. Adnan: Sitt Marie Rose (Paris, 1978; Eng. trans., Sausalito, CA, 1982) [novel about the Lebanese Civil War]E. Adnan with R. Koraichi and J.-E. Bencheika: Rachid Koraichi: L’écriture passion (Algiers, 1988)E. Adnan: In the Heart of Another Country (San Francisco, 2005)...

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French, 20th century, male.

Born 20 April 1900, in Chatillon-Coligny (Loiret); died, Jacques died in 1984.

Painters, sculptors (including bronze/ceramics), decorative designers. Landscapes, figures, animals.

The Adnet twins exhibited together at the Salon des Artistes Français, winning a joint travel scholarship in 1927. They were members of the Salon d'Automne and also exhibited at the Salons des Indépendants and Salon des Tuileries. Their submissions of paintings have largely been of landscapes, but they have also offered paintings of furniture. Their careers later led them into the decorative arts; Jacques created the ...

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Flemish School, 17th century, male.

Born 1587, in Antwerp; died 30 October 1661.

Painter, painter (glass/ceramics), engraver. Animals, flowers, fruit, still-lifes.

Alexander Adriaenssen was a pupil of A. van Laeck and a member of the Antwerp guild in 1610. He was a fine painter of flowers, birds and fish and also painted on glass and pottery, excelling at producing silver tones. A copperplate engraving by him of A. van der Does, after van Dyck, is extant....

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French, 20th century, female.

Born 1937, in Nice.

Painter, sculptor, potter.

D'Agaggio lives and works in Antibes. She regularly exhibits in the USA and in France. One of her most notable exhibitions was in 1985, at the Orangery in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. The French government has commissioned several ceramic-sculpture monuments from her....

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Gordon Campbell

Pottery made of clays of different colours; as the clays spin on the potter’s wheel, striations similar to those in natural agate are formed. A similar effect is sometimes achieved with surface slips. Agate ware was made in Classical Rome, and was revived in 18th-century Staffordshire, notably in the Wedgwood and Whieldon factories. In the late 20th century the American potter Michelle Erickson (...