Iris Swirl
Iris Swirl
Iris Swirl
Iris Swirl
Iris Swirl
Iris Swirl
Iris Swirl

This charming pitcher is aswirl with mauve, gold. and white glazes that suggest the natural colors of the garden. It is enhanced by a stunning metal mount in the form of iris stems and flowers. The mount was created by Lucien Gaillard, one of the greatest jewelery designers of his time. Gaillard had been his father's apprentice in the family jewelry firm from 1878 to 1892, when he took over the business. His work won critical acclaim when it was exhibited at Paris Salons in 1903 and 1904. His mastery of metal and form is clear in this example where the mount reinforces the fertile message of the pitcher and merges seamlessly with the undulations of the clay. Marks: incised Glatigny, mount is hallmarked and dated 1905

About Atelier de Glatigny

In the 1890s, a group of anonymous artists, potters and glaze chemists established the Glatigny workshop in order to produce ceramics that were equal to those produced in private studios. Although the company made stoneware in small quantities, it specialized in porcelain with crystalline effects and flambé glazes using materials imported from Africa and the South Pacific. Vases, inkwells and other objects were generally made in limited numbers and some of the work was mounted in silver by the Paris jeweler and silversmith Lucien Gaillard. [Source: Jason Jacques]