Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Sensual Vase’, ca. 1898, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Sensual Vase’, ca. 1898, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pierre Adrien Dalpayrat, ‘Sensual Vase’, ca. 1898, Jason Jacques Gallery

Utterly perfect in form and glaze, Sensual Vase shows Dalpayrat at the height of his artistic power. Whereas the tall cylindrical body is likely inspired by Japanese cloisonné enamels, the pinched neck suggests the casual potting of Japanese folk ceramics. The stylized shoulder, however, is pure Dalpayrat, adding a dash of art nouveau style to an otherwise japonist masterpiece. The rouge Dalpayrat is a marvel of the glazer’s art— overall deep red, flecked with blue flambé, streaked with iron oxide brown—creating the vibrant mélange of color, pattern, and texture for which Dalpayrat was justly renowned during the 1890s. Signed "AD Dalpayrat" marked 25

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]

French, 1844-1910