Georges Hoentschel vase possibly modeled by Frédéric Des Champs. This Gothic inspired Octagonal form juxtaposition between flat and carved areas suggests plants growing on a trellis out side of a monastery, with acanthus leaves on the top frieze and vines growing down below. This vase was formed in a mold and before it was completely hardened the artist carved in the foliate decoration. The greenish blue glaze, with areas of reddish brown, is a trompe l'oeil effect to make the vase look like oxidized bronze.
Signature: Marked on the bottom with the entwined initials GH
Bard Graduate Center Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 4, 2013 - August 11, 2013)
llustrated in Kisluk-Groshiede, Danielle , Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York : Danielle Kisluk-Groshiede , 2013), 223.
About Georges Hoentschel
Georges Hoentschel was an interior designer with an elite international following. He engaged sculptor Jean Carriès to create Japonist ceramics for his more advanced clients. Work done by Emile Grittel and others under Hoentschel's name was noted for gold glaze effects and the frequent use of metal mounts. Much of the inspiration was drawn from floral forms. Hoentschel's talent and taste were officially confirmed when he was commissioned to design and oversee the decoration of the pavilion of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. [Source: Jason Jacques]