Completed after settling in Paris, this earlier work of Dalpayrat and Alphonse Voisin-Delacroix features most prominently the figure of a rodent crawling along its side. This menacing creature, and the vase’s body along with it, has been glazed in a dual color scheme of warm brown and cream. The rest of the piece is formed organically, the shape reminiscent of a heart.
Mark: Impressed VD within square
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]