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"Have a look at the ceramic's museum" Ancy-le-Franc Things to Do Tip by mariev

Ancy-le-Franc Things to Do: 5 reviews and 21 photos

  Samples of "Bleu d'Ancy"
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  • Samples of "Bleu d'Ancy" - Ancy-le-Franc
      Samples of "Bleu d'Ancy"
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  • Typical Ancy ceramic - Ancy-le-Franc
      Typical Ancy ceramic
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  • Bleu d'Ancy, 2nd era - Ancy-le-Franc
      Bleu d'Ancy, 2nd era
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  • Tournai's influence - Ancy-le-Franc
      Tournai's influence
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  • The faiencerie's location in the village - Ancy-le-Franc
      The faiencerie's location in the village
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Abundant clay, forests, and the relative proximity of Nevers (great faience center since the XVIth century), decided Charles César Tellier de Louvois in 1765 to create a ceramic's manufacture in his castle of Ancy le Franc.

The local earthenware with decorations (flowered, geometrical, patriotic, animals...) was strongly influenced by what was produced in Tournai and became common in the area (also more specific blue patterns, called "Bleu d'Ancy").
Parallel to the ceramic's production some attempts at china's production were done but without great results.

During the Revolution, the activity stopped and begun again around 1800, near the Porte de Perreuse, but declined soon again to close in 1808.

Today, from the earlier factory, subsists only a building at the 57-59 Grande Rue (albeit very transformed) and another one, divided into dwellings on the 62 of the same street. But you can still see fine examples of the past production in a small museum located in the former factory's place (now hosting the local tourism office) .

Open every day from 9h to 12h and from 14h to 17h between november and march - 10h-13h and 14h-18h in summer.
Free entry (guided visits possible on request : 1€)

Address: 59, Grande rue - 89160 ANCY-LE-FRANC
Directions: In the same building than the office du tourisme
othercontact: Fax : (33) (0)
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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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