As soon as it was exibited at French internationnal fair in 1867, this service was the most successful In 1866, wishing to embrace the revival of ceramics decorated by transfer printing, Eugène Rousseau sought the collaboration of the painter and engraver Félix Bracquemond. Bracquemond found inspiration for his animal and plant motifs (around 280), in Hokusai’s Manga (1815), Hiroshige’s Grand Series of Fishes (1830) and Taito’s Flower and Bird Paintings (1848), for his innovative, asymetric designs on plates featuring one primary image and two, usually smaller, supplementary images. From its first presentation at the 1867 Universal Exhibition in Paris, the dinner service was very successful and remained so. It was continued by Rousseau’s successors and produced by the manufacturers Creil & Montereau under successive company names, right up to 1938.
This creamware service inspired from Hokusai'' Manga, has enjoyed unprecedented commercial success since its submission to the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1867. The originality of the manufacturing process: 260 etchings ordered to Bracquemond, ternary and random pose of the drawings, all handpainted freely by the workers, make each piece unique.