This vase is composed of a round, corrugated body that fittingly resembles a gourd. Lines of white highlight raised vertical ribs that have been superimposed over a red ground dotted with spots of blue. The Covered Gourd vase has been topped with a silver lid shaped into the form of a large, rounded leaf, completing the illusion of natural form conveyed through sculpture. Mark: Impressed grenade.
About Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat
Adrien Dalpayrat began his career as a faïence painter, working at six manufactories between 1867 and 1888 before settling near Paris in 1889. There he devoted himself to stoneware, a material then held in high esteem by French art potters. Working alone and with collaborators, Dalpayrat produced a vast range of shapes and decorations. He was so well known for his oxblood flambé pottery that the term "Dalpayrat red" was coined to designate his distinctive glaze. Perfected in 1892, it is dappled or veined with greens, blues and yellows, and appears on pieces in the form of gourds, fruits, and shapes derived from Japanese bottles. [Source: Jason Jacques]