704 Hanley Industrial Ct. St. Louis, MO 63144 , United States Call Seller 314.644.7066


Large Palissy Ware Platter, 19th c.

$ 6,500
  • Description
    Large and elaborate Palissy ware platter, attributed to the factory of Victor and Achille Barbizet. The long fish, probably a pike, surrounded by plants, insects and amphibians. Plants include ferns and a water lily; insects include a dragonfly, moth and beetle; amphibians include a snake, frog, crayfish and small turtle. Interspersed are a snail and numerous shells. Each creature is realistically modelled and glazed.

    This enormous platter was almost certainly made by Victor Barbizet (1805-1870). He is credited with founding the School of Paris, the group of Palissy makers that operated in Paris from roughly 1850-1900. Barbizet was known to make large platters, some measuring nearly 44". He rarely signed his work, as here.

    For a similar, but smaller platter attributed to Barbizet, see Marshall P. Katz and Robert Lehr, "Palissy Ware Nineteenth-Century Ceramists from Avisseau to Renoleau" (London and Atlantic Highlands, NJ: The Athlone Press, 1996) p. 124, plate 143.
  • More Information
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good. While the clay was soft and malleable, but before it was glazed and fired, two cracks appeared in the back and corresponding areas of the fish. They were repaired and glazed and then the platter was fired.
    Styles / Movements: Baroque, Traditional
    Patterns: Animal/Insects
    Dealer Reference #: 2113906
    Incollect Reference #: 602400
  • Dimensions
    W. 26 in; H. 19.5 in;
    W. 66.04 cm; H. 49.53 cm;
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