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  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Devers, Joseph (Giuseppe) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, painted

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 37, shelf 5

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 imitates a Venetian type and matches the mid-19th century fashionable interest in historical styles.

Physical description

Tazza, with openwork stand and cupid handles in 'Henri II' style, painted with elaborate floral scroll pattern

Place of Origin

Paris (made)


1867 (made)


Devers, Joseph (Giuseppe) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, painted

Marks and inscriptions

'J.D.' within an oval, impressed on reverse; 'GD' painted on obverse in the centre of the bowl
Impressed and painted


Diameter: 16 cm, Height: 13 cm

Descriptive line

Tazza, earthenware with painted decoration, made by Joseph (Giuseppe) Devers, France (Paris), 1867






Ceramics; Earthenware


Ceramics Collection

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