France 1833 – 1914
Paris, France 1827 – 1891
France 1840 – 1874
Montereau, Île-de-France, Seine-et-Marne, France
Materials & Technique: ceramics, tureens, glazed earthenware earthenware: underglaze painted decoration
Bracquemond was a graphic artist and designer who also worked with ceramics. His enthusiasm for Japanese art was stimulated by his acquisition in 1856 of a volume of sketchbooks, or manga, by the Japanese artist, Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849). This tureen is from one of his best-known productions, a table service commissioned in 1862 by François-Eugène Rousseau (France 1827–1891), a connoisseur of Asian art. Bracquemond translated Hokusai’s sketches of insects, animals and birds into transfers to decorate a range of ceramics, overlaying Japanese imagery on to forms derived from eighteenth century French porcelain.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design