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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 ...


British, 18th century, male.

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


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...


Portuguese, 17th century, male.


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


British, 18th – 19th century, male.

Born 6 February 1755, in Truro; died 17 December 1834, in Somerstown.

Painter (including porcelain), miniaturist. Religious subjects, portraits.

Henry Bone initially painted on porcelain and then, in London in 1779, he copied Reynolds' Sleeping Girl in enamel. He went on to produce copies of Titian (British Museum) and Rubens's work. A part of his gallery of ...


Russian, 20th century, male.

Active naturalised in France from 1937.

Born 7 July 1887, in Vitebsk; died 28 March 1985, in St-Paul-de-Vence, France.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, sculptor, ceramicist, engraver, decorative artist, illustrator. Religious subjects, portraits, genre scenes, landscapes, landscapes with figures. Murals, designs for stained glass, designs for mosaics, low reliefs...


French, 18th century, male.

Born in the 18th century, in Paris.


Sébastien was a nephew of the renowned painter Jean-Baptiste Chardin. He studied in the Slodtz studio, and showed a marble Head of Christ and a terracotta Statue of Mars in the 1791 Salon. We also have his ...


French, 20th century, female.

Born 1908, in Le Vésinet.

Painter, engraver, potter, designer, illustrator. Religious subjects.

Marianne Clouzot started out as a painter but turned to ceramics from around 1942, favouring religious subjects. She wrote several children's books and a produced a portfolio of 12 etchings entitled ...


Swiss, 19th century, male.

Born 1 December 1785, in Geneva; died 10 March 1855, in Geneva.

Painter, miniaturist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, portraits.

A painter of enamels and porcelain, he reproduced a large number of paintings by the masters. He abandoned enamel in 1826 after having started work at the Sèvres porcelain factory. He showed at the Salon, most notably in ...


Italian, 16th century, male.

Born 1530, in Perugia; died 1576, in Perugia.

Painter, sculptor (bronze/marble/cast iron/clay), draughtsman, goldsmith, architect. Religious subjects, historical subjects, mythological subjects. Groups, statues, low reliefs.

Vincenzo Danti was the brother of Girolamo and Egnazio Danti. He worked initially in the goldsmiths' trade, in whose guild he enrolled in ...


French, 16th – 17th century, male.

Born in Le Mans; died 1644, in Le Mans.

Sculptor (terracotta/marble), painter. Religious subjects.

Gervais I Delabarre the Elder came from a long line of sculptors that extended from the late 16th century to the first few years of the 18th. Along with Charles Hoyau and Pierre Biardeau, Delabarre is regarded as one of the most important terracotta sculptors in the Le Mans region in the 17th century. Unfortunately, many of his works have disappeared. He made an ...


French, 20th century, male.

Born 10 June 1880, in Chatou; died 10 September 1954, in Garches, as the result of an accident.

Painter (including gouache), watercolourist, pastellist, draughtsman (red chalk/charcoal/ink), sculptor (including bronze), engraver (wood/metal), lithographer, illustrator. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, nudes, hunting scenes, scenes with figures, horse racing scenes, landscapes, waterscapes, landscapes with figures, urban landscapes, seascapes, architectural views, still-lifes, flowers, fruit...


French, 17th century, male.

Sculptor (terracotta), painter. Religious subjects.

Mathieu Dionise, who was active in Le Mans between 1580 and 1619, is the first maître d'atelier to be identified in the Le Mans region, which became a centre for terracotta sculpture from the late 16th century onward. He worked with his brother Étienne and was the uncle of Gervais I Delabarre, one of the principal representatives of this technique in the 17th century in Sarthe....


Polish, 20th century, male.

Active from 1930 and in 1951 naturalised in Belgium.

Born 20 April 1896, in Olesko, Ukraine; died 9 March 1970, in Beauvallon, France.

Painter, sculptor (including wood), ceramicist. Figures, horses. Church decoration, frescoes, designs for tapestries, monuments.

Beginning in 1915, Zygmunt Dobrzycki studied at the schools of art in Kiev, Moscow and St Petersburg. He was sensitive to the mystical influence of Chourlianis, a profoundly spiritual Russian Expressionist painter. In ...


French, 17th century, male.

Born 1683; died 21 October 1706.

Painter, sculptor (terracotta). Religious subjects. Statues.

Étienne Doudieux was part of the second generation of terracotta sculptors in Le Mans and the surrounding region, which became a major centre for this type of production in the 17th century. He worked in churches in and around Le Mans. He sculpted three statues (between ...


Italian, 20th century, male.

Born 1886, in Faenza; died 1973, in Rome.

Painter, sculptor (bronze/marble), potter, draughtsman, engraver, medallist. Religious subjects, mythological subjects, figures, portraits, nudes, sporting subjects, landscapes, still-lifes, birds. Busts, groups, low reliefs, monuments.

Drei studied drawing and sculpture with A. Berti and gained a diploma from the Scuola d'Arti e Mestieri in Faenza in ...


French, 18th century, male.

Born 1687, in Peyrius (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence); died 1751.

Potter, ceramicist. Religious subjects.

From 1710, Joseph François Fauchier was in charge of the pottery factory of Anne Clérissy-Héraud in Marseilles. He set up on his own in 1732. He should not be confused with his nephew Joseph Fauchier II, who succeeded him. Both of them were among the leading practitioners of the pottery revival in Marseilles in the course of the 18th century. He created a ...


German, 19th century, male.

Born 14 October 1793, in Waldkirch, near Freiburg (Breisgau); died 27 February 1851, in Munich.

Painter, draughtsman, miniaturist. Religious subjects, figures, portraits, still-lifes. Porcelain.

Franz Xaver Fernbach began to decorate clock faces at an early age, while at the same time taking an interest in chemistry. He went to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich in ...


Italian, 18th century, male.

Painter, engraver.

Angelo Fiaschi was retained from 1757 to 1791 by the Doccia porcelain factory near Florence. Of his engravings, a Body of Christ and Death of a Christian are known.