Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Dimpled Gourd’, 1898, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Dimpled Gourd’, 1898, Jason Jacques Gallery

Dalpayrat’s Dimpled Gourd vase has been crafted in an uneven, asymmetrical gourd shape. This uneven shape includes repeated dimples all around the vase’s bottom edge, which has been glazed to correspond with this rippling effect. The glaze is mostly turquoise toward the top, increasingly mixed with other colors toward the bottom. Areas of blood- red give way to beautifully marbled purple and cream. At the opposite end of the vase, the uneven rim has been glazed in a darker indigo blue.

Marks: Stamped Les Grands Feux de Dalpayrat, 59

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