Though straightforward in its shape, upon closer inspection Dalpayrat’s Striated Vase reveals a surprisingly complexity of design. Featuring an unusually stark white ground toward its base, the top of the work is covered in areas glazed with shades of iridescent blue and green, and toward the middle is overlaid with a dappled burgundy reminiscent of the artist’s more typical color schemes. The vase’s rim is an inconspicuous point of interest, streaked with a faint web of red glaze alternating with the green and blue that bleed onto the neck from the body.
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]