This vase features a very remarkable shape. The base of the work is a wide, rounded cone shape, topped with a clearly delineated cylinder. All edges of these shapes have been rounded and curved to create smooth transitions between forms. This smoothness continues toward the top of the vase, as the body gradually rounds off to form the rim. The vase’s glaze is a delicate light teal, covered in a thin pattern of black. The upper half of the vase has been incised with an interesting pattern of swooping vertical lines highlighted with a white glaze.
Marks: Painted Dalpayrat, impressed grenade.
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]