This exciting cachepot features a constellation of urchin-like starbursts against a beautiful deep turquoise green. The motif and color scheme are a perfect hybrid of signature elements from the history and geography of Golf-Juan, a small town on the central coast of France that was once occupied by the Moors, who first introduced iridescent glaze to the region which would become famous for it. Marks: painted CM, 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