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Carrier-Belleuse, Albert-Ernest

(1824—1887)


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(b Anizy-le-Château, Aisne, 12 June 1824; d Sèvres, 3 June 1887). French sculptor and designer. He signed his works A. Carrier until c. 1868, thereafter adopting the name Carrier-Belleuse. As a young man he made small models for commercial manufacturers of porcelain and bronze, but no work from this period can now be identified. By 1850 he was in England, employed as a designer at the Minton ceramic factory. In addition to the many decorative objects and statuettes that he modelled for Minton, such as Seahorse with Shell (1855; London, V&A), he supplied models for ceramics and metalwork to other English companies, including such Staffordshire-based firms as Wedgwood and William Brownfield & Sons. In 1855 he returned to France but continued to collaborate with English firms until his death.

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From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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