Four angular buttress-handles join the body to the neck of this beautiful pot. The zig-zag negative space created by their interiors and the concentric rings around the pot’s waist resemble middle-eastern architectural elements. Meanwhile, boosted by changes in natural or artificial lighting, the etched luster glaze displays leafy clusters of mistletoe that appear to be in the clutches of four jagged claws.
Signature: Marks: Incised artist's monogram, 1900, R.
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