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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca 1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Devers, Joseph (Giuseppe) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, cast and painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 37, shelf 6

Joseph (Giuseppe) Devers (1823-1882) was born in Turin and trained as a painter and sculptor. After some work in Italy he moved to Paris in 1849 to further his training under Ary Scheffer and François Rude. He established his own pottery in rue Hallé, Montrouge, Paris, working there from 1853-1871, when he returned to Turin as Professor of Ceramics at the Accademia Albertina.

Devers designed both decorative wares and architectural ceramics, such as for the churches of La Trinité and St-Amboise, with panels made at the specialist tileworks of Maison Pichenot-Loebnitz. Throughout his career, his classical training underpinned his designs and he was much influenced by the faience of the 15th century Della Robbia family of Florence. He was especially attracted to the rich background colours of blue or gold and frequently used motifs associated with Italian or French Renaissance ornament. This jug matches the mid-19th century fashionable interest in historical styles.

Physical description

Jug, in French renaissance style. Ovoid body on foot, with raised handle and scrolled lip. Modelled with a band of figures in relief in white on a yellow ground; the handle in the form of a female figure; the scrolled lip decorated with a shield and foliage design

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


ca 1867 (made)


Devers, Joseph (Giuseppe) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, cast and painted

Marks and inscriptions

'J.D.' within an oval, impressed


Height: 35 cm

Descriptive line

C, Henri iv style




Cast; Painted


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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