There are 15 exhibitors for this 15th edition, all from France and virtually all based, as usual, in the network of streets of the Saint Germain quarter known as the Carré Rive Gauche.
They will be showing a mix of Western and Oriental ceramics and glass that is broad in terms of date and type encompassing Renaissance maiolica; porcelain from Sèvres and Meissen; Middle Eastern ceramics; Chinese porcelain and 20th century artist/ceramicist pieces.
Regular features of this event include a series of loan exhibits from a French museum and for this edition they come from the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design de Bordeaux.
Another feature is the lecture programme based at the Bistrot de Paris on the rue de Lille (see the website below for details on purchasing tickets).
Subjects under discussion this year range from a lecture on southern Netherlandish glasswares from the Renaissance to 18th century to one on Limoges Porcelain from 1771 to the present day and another on ceramics from Bordeaux from the late 19th century to the interwar period.
Fifth generation dealer
Laure Soustiel is the fifth generation of a family of experts and antiques dealers in Islamic art. She is participating in this year’s Parcours de la Céramique at Gabrielle Laroche’s gallery on the rue de Lille with a catalogued exhibition titled L’Orient des Collectionneurs.
Among highlights of her display will be this 15½in (39cm) diameter Timurid period, c.1440-45AD, glazed earthenware polychrome decorated 12-pointed star tile from north-east Iran. The tile, which is decorated with an intricate six-petalled rose design against a cobalt ground, is said to come from the al-Ghiyâsîyya (or Ghiyathiyah) madrasa at Khargird (or Khargerd) in Persia, about 150km south-west of Mashhad, near the Afghan border in the Khorasan region.
The madrasa was commissioned by Ghiyâs al-Din Pir Ahmad Khvâfî, who was the last vizier of Timur’s son Shah Rukh (d.AH850/1447AD).
Its outside walls were entirely covered with a decorative facing, the sides of the îvâns (vaulted space) adorned with geometric tiles of various sizes and shapes: eight-, 10- and 12-pointed stars as well as irregular polygons. The 12-pointed stars were found only on the wall of the west îvân, which is dated AH 846/1442-43. Similar examples are in private collections and museums and those in public collections are listed in Soustiel’s catalogue.
This particular tile was bought from her grandfather, Joseph Soustiel, by a collector who died in 1970. It is now priced in the region of €50,000-60,000.
Face to face
The Galerie Chamagne-Hardy specialises in modern design including ceramics and is based on the rue de Beaune.
Among the pieces that it will be showing for the Parcours de la Céramique is a Visages vase which is a collaboration by two French ceramicists: Jean Derval (1925-2010) and Roger Capron (1922-2006).
Made from glazed stoneware by Derval for Capron, the vase dates from c.1970 and is signed Capron Vallauris France to the base.
It is priced at €4500.