Georges Hoentschel, ‘Volcanic Drips’, ca. 1890, Jason Jacques Gallery
Georges Hoentschel, ‘Volcanic Drips’, ca. 1890, Jason Jacques Gallery
Georges Hoentschel, ‘Volcanic Drips’, ca. 1890, Jason Jacques Gallery
Georges Hoentschel, ‘Volcanic Drips’, ca. 1890, Jason Jacques Gallery
Georges Hoentschel, ‘Volcanic Drips’, ca. 1890, Jason Jacques Gallery

Sculpted by Emile Grittel and former assistants of the late Jean-Joseph Carriès, this stoneware vessel bears an unusual shape, broken up at the shoulder. The modular appearance and the dripping glaze seeming to spout from the mouth of the vessel give it a sense of the arbitrary. The volcanic rivulets running down one side of the vase use the liquid, and thus not wholly predictable, property of glaze to give the vase its individual appearance, fully controlled by the ceramist. The body and shoulders of this vessel are embellished with horizontal bands and a motif resembling a twisted rope, which would have been added onto the vessel before the clay had completely hardened but before it was glazed. This peek into the method behind the creation of such a piece shows the great skill and thought involved in its conception.

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]

French, 1855-1915