FELIX BRACQUEMOND – HAVILAND & Cie – ROUND PLATE LANDSCAPE, CIRCA 1874-1876 ROUND PLATE LANDSCAPE, CIRCA 1874-1876 Hard-paste porcelain, manufactured at Charles Haviland & Co, in the Auteuil workshop after a design by Félix Bracquemond Signed with the B monogram 50 cm. diameter Bibliography La céramique “impréssionniste” / Emaux atmosphériques, Musées de la Ville de Rouen, Musée de la Céramique, 2010, a similar example is illustrated p. 40, 41 and p. 98 n. 16 One other example with a variation of colours is known to exist in a private collection The painter and engraver Felix Bracquemond (1833-1914) is known to have been among the first artists to discover Japanese art and incorporate it in his work. Naturally attracted to ceramics and after having worked with Theodore Deck for a short while he designs for the editor and retailer Eugene Rousseau the famous “Service Rousseau” which was displayed at the 1867 Exposition Universelle. From 1872 until 1881 he becomes the artistic director of Charles Haviland’s Atelier d’Auteuil and continues to design porcelain wares including the other famous “Service Parisien”. It is there that he develops the production of “Impressionist barbotines”. A serie of imaginary landscapes is designed, of which our plate is an example, calling for the technical prowess of painters rather than ceramists and using strong coloured enamels reminiscent of the work of Paul Gauguin. It is believed by experts that they were never put into production and only a few examples and their drawings are known to exist and are mainly in the hands of Haviland’s descendants.