Torrid
Torrid
Torrid
Torrid
Torrid
Torrid

A massive vessel designed by Lucien Levy-Dhurmer and executed by Massier in the year 1900. The vase is in the form of a faceted cloth sack tied at the neck with a thick woven cord and a large blossom in high relief. The original Levy example is in the Musee Jean Aicard-Paulin Bertrand in Toulon, France. The example presented here is the identical form with the modern post Levy opulent iridescent brilliance of 1900 Massier glazes. Pick a color. Any color. They are all present in their ultimate glory. Marks: incised artist's initials, 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

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