Maison de la Vaisselle
"Robert Vasseur, a former milk-delivery driver, started in 1952 to
decorate his house and garden near Rouen with shells and broken
crockery, aided throughout by his wife. The exterior walls of the house
shimmer with decorative imagery. They are dominated by a huge
butterfly, which refers to Vasseur's CB radio code name, Butterfly 27."
"Within the courtyard, the mosaic surfaces cover a variety of
structures, including a dog kennel encrusted with shells, and a complex
fountain, which is rotated by the flow of its waters. Even the coalshed
has been encased in mosaic."
"The interior of the House of Broken Crockery is also encrusted with
decoration; one can still see the first object to receive mosaic
treatment, an old cement sink. Vasseur had an arrangement with the
local dump to put aside broken crockery for him to collect, each piece
of which he carefully washed and sterilised."
Worlds" by Deidi Von Schaewen
and John Maizels
The exterior on the street is very nice, but the interior and courtyard
are the best. Robert
Vasseur's son lives there, and will give you a tour. He loves to talk.
The dog, a large
German shepherd, barks threateningly, but is very friendly.
April 15 to September 15, 2:30 – 6:30
80 rue du Bal-Champêtre
27400 Louviers, South of Rouen
Tél : 02 32 40 22 71
There is one small sign in Louviers pointing to the house. Allow for a
considerable amount of time driving around in town looking for the
place in a maze of one-way streets.
Search for this in Google Maps:
80 rue du Bal-Champêtre, Louviers, France