16th Century French porcelain manufacturer - Masseot Abaquesne Precious little is known about French Porcelain of the early 16th century. Here is a snapshot of one of the earliest exponents - Masseot Abaquesne
News-Antique.com - Aug 05,2010 - From Majolica to Faience, the French have been producing some of the finest porcelain and pottery known to Antique collectors. The porcelain and pottery manufacturers located in the town of Rouen were among some of the very best. From Fontainebleau to Sarraguemines, their productions are not only exquiste but sometime rustic and extremely fine examples. Here is a snapshot of a 16th Century maker based in the town or Rouen - Masseot Abaquesne.
Masseot Abaquesne was a tile-maker and faience potter at Rouen, France from about 1530 until 1560. His products were not limited to but included tile-pavements and drug pots and he was contracted to supply 5000 to an apothecary in Rouen in 1545. He was patrolnized by Constable Anne de Montmorency. When he passed away, his business was continued for a short time by his son Laurens and his widow. His drug pots were occasionally marked with his monogram.
Productions and Characteristics of this pottery were that Abaquesne used the Italian Majolica technique and painted in polychrome, although his colors were paler than those of Italy. His decorations were consistent with those of the school of Fontainebleau, that is that they were French-Italian in style and were comprised mainly of allegorical figures, heraldic devices and frameworks incorporating grotesques. The tile pavements were executed for the Chateaux at Ecouen (for the Constable), La Bastie, Le Havre, and Bevilliers which date somewhere between 1535 adn 1557 in period. A panel in the Cathedral at Langres dates from around 1551. The drug-pots are often painted with boldly drawn heads in profile which are then surrounded by wreaths or set amidst foliate ornamentation.
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