This monumental cachepot is distinguished by two flamboyant sculptural wings and a luster glaze that is predominantly cream, dappled and streaked with splashes of blue, purple, green and gold. Depending on the lighting, the colors change dramatically. In this image, it is clear that the wings are stylized handles that allude to Hispano-Moresque forms such as the Alhambra Vase.
Signature: Marked Clement Massier, Golfe Juan, (AM). AM is for the region Alpes Maritimes.
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