Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Ernest Bussiere, ‘Artichoke’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery

Designed by Ernest Bussiere and produced by the Luneville firm of Keller & Guerin| this stunning vase exemplifies the Art Nouveau emphasis on dramatically organic shapes. Although known as the Artichoke Vase| the piece appears to the 21st- century eye to be an alien life form in the process of rapid growth. Both the sculptural treatment and the unusual blending of purple and green mat glazes refer to the principles of nature without directly copying specific forms. Bussiere has succeeded admirably in exploiting the plasticity of the clay rather than confining it within a simple outline.