This month we travel to France, to the Musée de la Céramique in Rouen. Housed in the former Hôtel d’Hocqueville since 1984, the museum provides a beautiful setting for its vast collection of French ceramics. With its sumptuous neoclassical decorations, the mansion offers the visitor an intimate frame in which one can admire the numerous objects that are on display.
Of the six thousand objects in the museum’s collection, a large portion includes faience from Rouen. Other remarkable objects come from various European faience centers, including some beautiful pieces of Delftware.
The museum projects an ambitious curatorial goal in its galleries: the history of European ceramics from the early fifteenth century to the 1930s is didactically organized throughout three floors of permanent exhibitions. Thus, the first room is dedicated to the process of ceramic fabrication along with masterpieces of Italian maiolica and other local objects. Next, visitors enter a room that exhibits exquisite Delftware objects from the Netherlands, as well as from Nevers, Lille and Moustiers.
One of the most striking Delftware objects is the blue and white plaque that is attributed to the painter Frederick van Frijtom. Painted with very delicate pointillist touches, the painting depicts a wild pig hunt. The museum also owns another plaque from the same series that features a fishing scene, which is currently on loan to the Musée National de la Céramique in Sèvres.