Nils Ivan Joakim Graf (Count of) Barck was a painter, sculptor, and ceramist. Born in Malmö, Sweden, he moved to Paris with his family as a child. He attended an exhibition of Japonist stoneware by Jean Carriès at the Salon du Champs de Mars in 1892, which prompted him to study pottery techniques at St-Amand-en-Puisaye. Equally skilled as a sculptor and a modeler, Barck won a silver medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1900. He exhibited some of his best stoneware pieces at the Salon des Artistes français every year between 1908 and 1913. In 1915, de Barck bought the Chateau de Montriveau and the workshop at St-Amand formerly used by Carriès, and subsequently continued to work in the Japonist mode.