This imaginative bud vase is a combination of two structures. A multi-faceted, hollow stoneware base painted in yellow and green supports a circular metalwork structure surrounding the vase’s rim. The golden metal mount is remarkable and prominently depicts the busts of three hares, whose ears form a triangle at the center of the object. Bigot’s craftsmanship and creativity is evident here, and his use of animals as subject matters remains emblematic of the rest of his work. He was interested in challenging the distinctions between functional wares and artworks by reimagining everyday objects. This bud vase is a representative example, incorporating Bigot’s innovative mixed-media approach to the traditional stylistic codes of Art Nouveau.
Signature: Marks: inscribed artist's signature, D147. Metalwork stamped G. Keller
About Alexandre Bigot
Alexandre Bigot, a science teacher working in Alsace, resolved to experiment with pottery after seeing Asian ceramics displayed in Paris in 1889. He exhibited his early work, small simple vases and plates with applied newts, frogs, and snakes, somewhat in the manner of earlier French master Bernard Pallissy, in 1894. That year, Charles Holme (of The Studio, London) remarked on Bigot's exhibit, "the whole of [Bigot's] exhibit was modeled by his own hands," setting Bigot's work apart from not only from those who worked with apprentices but also from Bigot's factory-made products. [Source: Jason Jacques]