Thick-bodied snakes coiling around and peering over the rim of this large porcelain bowl form an intriguing nest-like centerpiece. Because of the depth of the sculpture, light and shadow play an important part in the beauty of this piece. The pooling and dripping Japonist glaze adds a further textural dimension and perhaps serves as a reminder of the snakes’ deadly venom. this piece was formerly in the collection of Jacques Emil Ruhlman and later in the collection of Alain Lesieutre.
About Maurice Gensoli
Working from 1921 as a decorator at Sèvres and from 1927 as the director of its design studio, Maurice Gensoli remained with the firm until his retirement in 1959. He led the ceramics department toward Cubism, designing simple and segmented beaker shapes that were to be decorated with brightly colored heroic figures and idealized landscapes. Ceramics in the shapes of stylized waves, sea shells, exotic animals and human figures also emerged from the factory during Gensoli's tenure. [Source: Jason Jacques]