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Musée de la Faïence de Nevers
For its distinctive style of decorative china, the faïence from Nevers takes its place in the history books along with Delft, Tuscany, or Rouen. Now housed in an impressive new home, the Abbaye de Notre Dame, four hundred years of history unfold
Faïence is glazed earthenware china which has been produced since the 16thC in Burgundy. It was everyday ware, with decoration depicting the fashion and events of the time - the history of art, the economy, scenes of life and religion each telling their own story on plates, ornaments, plaques and bottles. The china has graced the tables of everyone from nobility to farm workers for four centuries and is still in production today.
Arts of the Fire
ancient and modern come together
Combining the stunning architectural features of the ancient Benedictine Abbaye Notre Dame and the 19thC Hôtel Roussignhol with contemporary materials, the architect of the museum, Benoît Crépet, has created a showcase to exhibit these decorative arts. Wood, stone and metal combine in harmonious colours and textures to make the building a place where you will want to linger before taking time in the formal gardens. This is a museum for today - you can see how faïence evolved over the years, how it was manufactured and the uses it was put to through multimedia presentations. There are workshops and an active events programme is planned.
Open Tuesday to Sunday April-Sept from 10.00-18.00; Oct-Mar, Tuesday-Friday from 13.00-17.30; Saturday and Sunday from 10.00-12.00 and 14.00-17.30.
Musée de la Faïence
See also: Artisans of Faïence