Cameo and Phanolith

It took almost 50 years in Mettlach to change from relief style (beginnings around 1840 ) to a new, at first sight similar production technique , the cameo ( Cameo ) and Phanlolith (= visible stone , from the Greek phanein = "become visible or come to light" and lithos = stone).

Around 1893 , this two-tone (Pâte-sur-Pâte) stoneware was introduced in Mettlach , crowned on the 1900 World's Fair in Paris.

In 1901 it was included in the Mettlach stoneware catalog. Master in the application of this new production process was the Mettlach modeler " Jean-Baptiste Stahl ".

From oral tradition within the Stahl family, it is known that it was the material " Parian " that Jean-Baptiste Stahl used to make his cameo and Phanolith creations for Mettlach .

Parian is a kind of " porcelain" that has been used since the second third of the 19th century , especially in the production of doll heads, busts and figures. It has a silky shimmering shine but not as shiny as glazed porcelain.

The name derives from the sculpted marble of the Greek island of Paros . Parian was first produced in 1844 at Copeland Manufacture and Mintons's Pottery (both in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England).

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