Faience with Chinese scenes,
The Nevers manufactory (French: "Manufacture de faïence de Nevers") was a French manufacturing centre for faience in the city of Nevers. The first factory was started around 1588 by three Italian brothers, who brought the majolica tradition with them. A porcelain manufactury in Nevers was also mentioned in 1844 by Alexandre Brongniart, but little is known about it.
It is at the Nevers manufactory that Chinese-style blue and white wares were produced for the first time in France, with production running between 1650 and 1680. Chinese styles would then be taken up by factories in Normandy, especially following the foundation of the French East India Company in 1664.
Various epochs characterize the production of Nevers:
- 1600-1660: Italian style
- 1650-1750: Chinese and Japanese style
- 1630-1700: Persian style
- 1640-1789: Franco-Nivernais style
- 1700-1789: Rouen manufactory style
- 1730-1789: Moustiers style
- 1770-1789: Meissen style
- 1789: Decadence
- Birmingham Museum of Art (2010). Birmingham Museum of Art : guide to the collection. [Birmingham, Ala]: Birmingham Museum of Art. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-904832-77-5.
- Pottery and Porcelain: A Guide to Collectors by Frederick Litchfield p.219
- The Grove encyclopedia of materials and techniques in art Gerald W. R. Ward p.38
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