A treasure for boudoir or office, this petite bowl showcases Massier's wit and skill. While made of clay, ornamented with etching and the classic Massier iridescent glaze, it appears to be a golden receptacle made to protect jeweled hair pins or cuff links. The effect is heightened with faux strapwork that has been created in relief at each corner, as if to hold the elements together. Marks: MCM Golfe-Juan (AM) in glaze on base. MCM identifies the piece as 1900-1901, the year of Clément's wife Mary Massier's death. Throughout that year the ceramist included her initials with his on all pieces.
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