Clement Massier Art Nouveau Luster Pair of Pottery Vases
A really beautiful pair of Clement Massier vases with a remarkable metallic lustre glaze of a flower and grape plant motif. The vases have a sinuous form that accentuates the organic patterns and at the same time highlights the reflective and iridescent qualities of the glaze. The vases are a wonderful example of fine pottery from the Art Nouveau period. Both vases measure 10 inches tall and are 4 inches at their widest point. The mouth opening has a slender organic form that is 2 inches by 1 inch. They are in great condition for their age and are signed at the bottom (although filled with glaze makes it barely visible). The craquelure in the glaze creates an overall network of cracks a top the flower and grape pattern. It is quite beautiful and does not affect the quality or condition of the piece at all, in fact it is one of the qualities of the glaze. On one of the vases at the lip of the opening there is what appears to be a small fragment of wear to the glaze, but this is from the effect of the shrinking glaze when the clay is fired, not noticeable when looking at the piece or its overall design. Clement Massier is known for producing Hispano-Moresque-influenced pottery, with silver and copper oxide glazes. He had a large international clientele. His works often have a smoky look, deep hues contrasted with vibrant pinks or greens. In 1887 Massier introduced fiery luster glazes enriched with etching and painting into his pottery line. The designs on these vases are hand painted with electric color glazes, leaving much of the process to chance. The pair is a real beauty, a treasure to have. Circa 1880.
DIAMETER: 4 in | HEIGHT: 10 in
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