Islamic Tribute
Islamic Tribute
Islamic Tribute

An earthenware charger of a triangular form that seems to have been derived from middle-eastern architectural elements, this piece is decorated with motifs such as pseudo-Arabic script, scimitars, and stars. Decorated with a red metallic luster glaze against a turquoise ground typical of Massier's early years of lusterware production, the form is identical to other chargers decorated by Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, and although the piece does not bear his signature, the decor may have been executed by him. Marks: Painted artist's initials, Golfe-Juan, AM

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

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