Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Deep Purple Gourd’, 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Deep Purple Gourd’, 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery

This Dalpayrat vase is rendered in a unique shade of royal purple glaze, and this rich background is complemented by winding lines of gold and large areas of bright blue. The shape of the vase is particularly interesting, as it consists of two wide areas separated by a narrow intermediary, forming almost an hourglass shape. The top of the vase narrows to form a small neck topped with the same gold found toward the bottom of the piece. Mark: Inscribed Dalpayrat

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]

French, 1844-1910