Félix BracquemondFlat plate from the "Rousseau" service© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
The number of table services was significant at the end of the 19th century : for example the "Rousseau" service, the "Bracquemond" service, the "Japanese" service and even the "Louis XV" service ! The interest for these titles could seem disproportionate, their being no more than table services. Yet they are essential insofar as the Rousseau set holds an important place in the history of styles, one that traditionally makes it the earliest example of japonism in French ceramics. Besides, a steady demand until the beginning of the second world war confirmed the success met by the enterprise of the editor François-
Eugène Rousseau from its beginnings in 1866.
It thus seemed useful to give some details about him through this documentary exhibition, in the year when japonism was the theme of a large exhibition in the Grand Palais.
Curators Jean-Paul Bouillon, professor of art history, University of Clermont II, Christine Shimizu, curator, Musée Guimet and Philippe Thiébaut, curator, Musée d'Orsay