Marks: Impressed artist's cipher, 1273. A fine example of Delaherche's early stoneware, this vase is especially distinctive for its combination of scrolling floral imagery—reminiscent of medieval manuscript marginalia— and the running glazes of Japan. At the time that this example was made, the artist had been working independently for three years in the studio on rue Blomet (in the Vaugirard section of Paris) that Ernest Chaplet had once operated for Haviland. Often using clay that he brought in from the Beauvais region, Delaherche concentrated on simple forms flowing glazes.
About Auguste Delaherche
In 1887, after years of working in various industrial arts firms, Auguste Delaherche acquired a Paris studio and began his career as a ceramist. He concentrated on simple forms with thick drip glazes inspired by Japanese pottery, occasionally employing relief decorations or modeling vases and dishes in vegetal shapes. Delaherche’s continual experimentation with kiln techniques enabled him to produce remarkably subtle gradations of color. By 1904, he had achieved professional maturity with his robust shapes inspired by Oriental, Greek or rustic pottery, thus helping to usher in the era of modern studio pottery. [Source: Jason Jacques]