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The finest earthenware in the kingdom
In the time of Louis XIV (1638-1715), the earthenware produced in Moustiers-Sainte-Marie in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department had the reputation of being the finest in the kingdom. In 1687, Pierre Clérissy opened the first earthenware factory there, where he only used blue shades. From 1738, Joseph Olérys brought polychromy and new decorations to the trade (grotesque, mythological, etc.), opening the way to the bright colors, rural and maritime landscapes, and floral decorations of the third generation of potters of the Ferrat period (1763- 1795).
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