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  • Place of origin:

    Blois (made)

  • Date:

    1866 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ulysse Besnard (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware painted with enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case H1, shelf 1

Physical description

Candlestick of earthenware painted with enamels. Decorated with grotesques, mermen and masks, and foliate decoration in Renaissance style. Circular base with a variously knopped stem and circular top flange.

Place of Origin

Blois (made)


1866 (made)


Ulysse Besnard (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware painted with enamels

Marks and inscriptions

'66 Blois' and 'V+'
Painted in blue. The mark derives from the sign of the convent 'la Croix-des-Pèlerins' adjacent to Besnard's pottery.


Height: 27.5 cm, Diameter: 15.9 cm base

Object history note

One of a pair with 547-1869.
Ulysse Besnard was a ceramic painter, a curator at Blois museum and taught at the school of design there. He established a pottery works in rue Levée in 1862 to reproduce earlier wares.

Descriptive line

Candlestick of earthenware painted with enamels, Ulysse Besnard, Blois, dated 1866.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Demmin,A.: Guide de l' Amateur de Faiences et Porcelaines; 1873, vol. II, p.643





Subjects depicted

Grotesques; Masks; Scrolls; Mermen; Foliated


Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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