This monumental stoneware baluster vase is inspired by Classical antiquity, with its monumental draped form. The vase pays homage to the sea, incorporating the relief of conch shells, fish and aquatic plants under its surface. Its texture suggests the idea of water streaming over the forms. The light greenish blue glaze recalls the ocean's waves flowing over the sand-like tone of the vase. This vase was most likely executed by Émile Grittel given its large size. It is one of a pair shown at L'Exposition Universelle in 1900, which flanked the entrance to the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs Pavilion. Marked: on the rim of the foot with the entwined initials GH.
Signature: Marked: impressed artist's 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)
Model illustrated in Bouvet, Vincent, Georges Hoentschel: 1855-1915 (Château de Saint-Rémy-en-L'Eau, France: Vincent Bouvet, 1999), 116.
Illustrated 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), 227.
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]