Geraldine Baum / Los Angeles Times
An employee works on a bowl at the earthenware factory in Gien, France, which was founded in 1821. The glazed earthenware is known as faience, and among the French aristocracy was a discreet symbol of prestige and good taste. But for the last few decades, the faience of Gien has also become a symbol of a lifestyle that is a vanishing art.
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