Manoir de Couesme, “Desseins de Femmes” Ceramic Art

Desseins de Femmes

Ceramic art exhibition at the Manoir de Couesme

A few days ago we visited the Manoir de Couesme in Ancinnes to see the outdoor exhibition of sculptures, paintings and ceramics on display in the grounds of the manor house.

The Manoir de Couesme, in the commune of Ancinnes on the border of Normandy and Pays de la Loire,  dates from the 15th century and has been beautifully restored by the current owners.  They hold regular art exhibitions there each September under the patronage of Jean-Pierre Coffe.

The manor house exhibits for 2010 are the creations of Céline LAURENT DESSOR, who studied Fine Arts in Tarbes then ceramics at Mulhouse, but was especially influenced by learning native pottery in a Nigerian village. For the last ten years she has run the AL TERRE NATIVE centre at Nancy, where she runs vocational courses in the ceramic arts.

The grounds are brought to life by her sculptures , murals and dishes decorated with images of women.  Her work speaks of the virtual and literal enslavement of women in certain societies and contrasts this with the freedom they enjoy in others.

The exhibition runs until the end of September 2010 – if you are in the north Sarthe, make a detour and enjoy the exhibition – truly inspiring.

Manoir de Couesme “Desseins de Femmes” Exhibition

Manoir de Couesme, Desseins de FemmesPractical Information

Opening hours

Every day from 4th to 30th September 2010

Hours 10h00 to 18h00


Bar on site

Parking on site free

Souvenir and gift stall run by the “Amis du Manoir de Couesme”

Artwork for sale


The Manoir de Couesme is situated between Ancinnes and Bourg-le Roi in the Sarthe department, Pays de la Loire, France.

The Manoir de Couesme is 2 minutes (2km) from our B&B in Lower Normandy by car, or 20 minutes on foot.

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