Frick Collection: Masterpieces of French Faience
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Masterpieces of French Faience at the Frick Collection is an exhibition in the Portico Gallery presenting seventy-five objects from the collection of Sidney R. Knafel — the finest collection of French faience in private hands — to tell the fascinating and complex history of this particular art form.
A feat of great technical achievement, French faience was introduced to Lyon in the second half of the sixteenth century by skilled Italian immigrants — the French word “faience” deriving from the northern Italian city of Faenza. Over the next two centuries, production spread throughout the provinces of metropolitan France. The fine decoration of French faience draws inspiration from multiple sources — Italian maiolica, Asian porcelain, and even contemporary engravings. The forms of its platters, bowls, plates, and ewers derive mostly from European ceramics and silver. This complex interplay of influences comes together in works of great originality.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published in hard and softcover editions by The Frick Collection, in association with D Giles Ltd. —The Frick Collection
Cover: Plate, Rouen, ca. 1725. Faience (tin-glazed earthenware), d. 9 5/6 in. Sidney R. Knafel Collection; photo: Michael Bodycomb.