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Most people associate Impressionism with the famous colorful impasto paintings of Renoir, Monet or Manet. Few, however, are familiar with its influence on 19th-century ceramics.

In 1882, Charles Haviland, an avid collector of Japanese works, asked Félix Bracquemond, an etcher who was strongly influenced by Japanese ukiyo-e prints, to art-direct the Haviland Limoges porcelain company. As a pioneer of Impressionist decorative ware, Bracquemond introduced modern designs and experimental glazing techniques to Haviland, helping it become one of the most popular porcelain studios in France.

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