This gourd-shaped vase, a shape common to Dalpayrat’s works during this period, is quite small. The vase’s extreme color variance is therefore particularly striking for a work of its size. The areas of bright blue that cover the vase’s background of Dalpayrat red are beautifully modeled, resembling feathers in their myriad curves and variations. The pattern of glaze is highly intricate, also incorporating areas of mint green and white. The largest area of white is found at the very top of the vase, which comes to a point without forming a neck.
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]