CÉRAMIQUES DU CHÂTEAU-MUSÉE DE SAUMUR
Authors: Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé and Christine Lahaussois
Photographies : Martine Beck Coppola
Preface by Jacqueline Mongellaz
The Saumur Castle Museum houses one of the most prestigious French collections of ceramics, thanks to the 1919 bequest of Count Charles Lair (1841-1919), self-taught amateur and scholar of the second half of the nineteenth century. Incredibly large, this legacy, added to the old collections of the Château-Musée de Saumur, numbered no less than 8429 numbers, including 1,276 ceramics reflecting the enthusiasm of fans of the late nineteenth century for the arts fire.
A previously unseen ensemble
This exceptional ensemble, unlike the collections of ceramics of the other decorative art museums, had never been studied, nor was it the subject of a publication even a summary. Constituted in an encyclopedic spirit, without limit of origin or time, it offers a very diversified panorama of the production of European and oriental ceramics. The French earthenware manufacturers, particularly Rouen, are in the spotlight, and the pieces bearing marks or coats of arms were favored by the scholar and former Chartist Charles Lair.
With more than 400 records of works or sets of works and detailed introductions written by two of the best specialists in ceramics, an extremely abundant illustration, the catalog published by Editions Faton and the Château-Musée de Saumur reveals for the first time the unsuspected riches of Count Lair's collection.