Bernard Palissy, French potter

Bernard Palissy, French potter

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Caption: Bernard Palissy (1509-1589), French potter, geologist and naturalist, stoking his furnace, coloured artwork. Palissy spent 16 years on experiments to produce enamels for ceramics, work that eventually brought him fame and recognition. However, his efforts reduced him and his family to poverty. He is said to have burned his furniture to feed the fires of his furnaces, and that his wife and family reproached him bitterly. Original artwork from the 1875 edition of Vies des Savants Illustres.

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