Two spheres, the smaller stacked upon the larger, compose this small Lily Vase. The vase has been glazed in varying shades of blue and green, with small areas of red and white. The most captivating aspect of the piece, however, are the lily pads topping the vase wrought from silver. This metal top adds greatly to the organic feel of the vase, providing a delicately concrete image of nature in conjunction with the natural-looking forms of the stoneware.
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]