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17th century
Nevers, 1665-1685.

6 500 €

Laurence Lenne

18th century
Rocaille tile panel - Optic

16 000 €

D'Orey Tiles

18th century
Chinoiseries tiles panel

16 000 €

D'Orey Tiles

Ceramics (the fire arts, porcelain, and ancient earthenware)

Ceramics were the first fire arts that appeared during the prehistoric period before the art of glass and metal working. Produced from clay, ceramics encompass every terracotta object. Depending on its composition and firing method, ceramics are produced in many forms: traditional pottery, glazed or siliceous pottery, stoneware, and earthenware, and soft- and hard-paste porcelain.

As a major fire art, ceramics have been by far the greatest source of inspiration and creativity to man. It remains an extremely reliable indicator of the lifestyles in each epoch: ceramics reflect lifestyles, alimentary practices, cultural developments, and technical progress. Earthenware and porcelain attest to the excellence of the ceramic arts.