The undulating walls of this vase transform a traditional, thin-necked vase into a uniquely captivating work. As is typical to Dalpayrat’s mature oeuvre, the glaze is mostly a dark burgundy. The entire surface of the work, however, is mottled with bright shocks of oxidized blue, teal, and green contrasting against the more subdued red. Both these eye-catching blue-colored areas and the vase’s visual quotation of the tiered towers of East Asia give it the name Turquoise Pagoda.
Marked: Dalpayrat 2050
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]