Émile Tessier - a renowned French ceramist

Émile Tessier (1887-1971) was a renowned French ceramist from Malicorne-sur-Sarthe, a village in the Sarthe department. Born into a family deeply rooted in the pottery tradition, Tessier was surrounded by artisans and ceramists from an early age. His upbringing in this creative environment significantly influenced his future career and artistic direction.

Tessier's work is characterized by its distinct style and exceptional craftsmanship. He is best known for his faïence, a type of tin-glazed earthenware, which became his signature. His creations often feature intricate designs and motifs, including the fleur-de-lis, a symbol of French royalty, which appears prominently in many of his pieces from the 1950s and 1960s.

Living through two World Wars and the German occupation, Tessier's work reflects a blend of resilience and traditional artistry. His pieces, ranging from vases and pitchers to large cachepots, are celebrated for their detailed ornamentation and robust forms. Tessier's rooster-shaped vase, for instance, is a charming example of his ability to infuse character and whimsy into functional objects.

Throughout his career, Tessier maintained a workshop in Malicorne, where he produced a wide array of ceramics that gained popularity not only in France but also internationally. His works are now considered collectible items and are sought after by enthusiasts of vintage French pottery.

For more detailed insights into Émile Tessier's life and work, you can explore resources like the book "Émile Tessier - Le 'patron' faïencier de Malicorne," which delves deeper into his contributions to the world of ceramics and his legacy as a master faïencier. Additionally, the Chez Pluie website offers a variety of his works available for purchase, showcasing the diversity and beauty of his creations.
Interior photographs curtesy of a Chez Pluie client and avid collector of Émile Tessier pottery.

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