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Potelle, the rise of a family of button makers
Potelle, the rise of a family of button makers
13.12.2017 - 27.05.2018
Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie - Méru


The Musée de la Nacre et de la Tabletterie sheds light on the life and development of the Potelle family who, from the second half of the 19th century to the early 1990s, embodied a major figure in the history of the button. Drawing on numerous private archives, photographs, letters and testimonies, the exhibition explores the various facets of this great family of industrialists and unveils many original objects, including unique models of buttons.

Originally from the Somme, the Potelle family managed to set up, in the space of a few decades, not one but three factories in the town of Méru. Its rise appears in this exemplary capacity and makes it possible to grasp the many societal upheavals of the time. Following the growth trend of the industrial sector, the Potelle factories developed at different times and rates: Jules Potelle first, then the Melin-Potelle couple and finally André Potelle. With a section dedicated to each figure, the route of this exhibition invites you to travel through time, from the birth of industry to the establishment of a veritable industrial empire.

Illustrating the delicacy of manual labor, many pieces reveal how much skill is required in button making. For the most part, the works enter into a dialogue with the archives, offering a lively reading of the history of the mother-of-pearl button in the Meruvian basin.
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