These two baluster-shaped vases, though identical in form, vary greatly in their coloration. One vase is mostly a light, cool-toned mint green that fades to an indigo blue, and then almost immediately to dark brown. The second of the two vases is more varied in its color, a purplish red at the bottom mottled with an almost turquoise green toward the middle, with areas of bright orange-red against a lighter brown background toward the top of the body and neck. The similarities of the pair return at this point as both necks are topped in a ring of bright yellow glaze.
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]