Dish with Tempesta decoration
Late 17th century - faïence from Moustiers
Museum of the Art and History of Provence - acquired by the Association of Museums
Pierre I Clérissy was the founder of a veritable dynasty of faïence workers in Moustiers. In 1679, his name appeared for the first time in the notarial archives associated to the words "faïence maker", thus marking an evolution from the production of utilitarian ceramics to that of refined dishware with a stanniferous enamel, very much in demand by a large clientèle. It was meant to replace the gold items which had been melted down to replenish the royal treasury after it had been depleted by the wars with Spain.
Numerous sets with coats of arms (or au chiffre) and plates with a Tempesta decoration were made at the Clérissy factory.
Fired at a high temperature, this large plate was made between 1680 and 1720 and is in shades of blue. Its decoration imitates Temesta, an Italian painter and engraver, and depicts a lion hunt on the bottom, with slave-head mascarons on the wing.