This vase features a decoration of pine cones and needles that is both conventionalized and painterly. The bold lines and abstracted graphic quality are a slight departure from the finer, more detailed ornamentation that Massier typically applied. The subject matter echoes the shape of the vase, creating a very harmonious piece overall. Maurice Alexander for C Massier. Marks: painted signature, Golfe Juan, AM, and artist's name incised.
About Clément Massier
Born into a family of ceramists, Clément Massier took an interest in the business from an early age. In 1884, after years of work, study, and travel, he relocated his share of the family firm to Golfe-Juan and began producing Hispano-Moresque-influenced pottery, with silver and copper oxide glazes made iridescence in a smoky kiln. Following the arrival Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer in 1887, Massier introduced fiery luster glazes enriched with etching and painting, applying them to forms ranging from hand-built individuality to slip-cast uniformity. He was soon in command of a busy factory and a showroom that boasted an elite international clientele. [Source: Jason Jacques]
French, 1845-1917, Vallauris, France, based in Golfe-Juan, France