Palissy Style

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The Palissy style refers to a genre of ceramics, which are produced in the manner of the renowned French potter Bernard Palissy (c. 1510-90). Typically, Palissy’s lead glazed earthenware was decorated with realistic three-dimensional casts of plants and animals, which were then painted in rich earthy tones. In fact, the term ‘Palissy ware’ did not come into being until the 19th Century, when Bernard Palissy’s original pottery techniques were rediscovered and revived in France. Palissy ware then enjoyed huge popularity throughout Europe, where it continues to delight and intrigue audiences in the present day.