The perfect symmetry and elegant proportions of this mei-ping form vase attest to its creator’s familiarity with classical Far Eastern prototypes. However, the mottled flambé glaze cascading down the vase’s body mark it as a product of its time, when French art potters looked to the past for inspiration while asserting their modernity through novel glaze effects; such glazes also served as a form of branding for the firms that perfected them.
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]