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France 1833 – 1914


François-Eugène ROUSSEAU

Paris, France 1827 – 1891



France 1840 – 1874

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Soup tureen 1866-75 Place made: Montereau, Île-de-France, Seine-et-Marne, France
Materials & Technique: ceramics, tureens, glazed earthenware earthenware: underglaze painted decoration

Primary Insc: Printed in black, underside of bowl: 'CREIL/ LM & CIE/ MONTEREAU/ MODELE/ E ROUSSEAU/ A/ PARIS'.
Dimensions: a) & b) 36.0 h x 40.0 w x 23.8 d cm a) 17.4 h x 40.0 w x 23.8 d cm b) 14.1 h x 31.0 w x 21.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.829.A-B

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