Volcanic Gourd
Volcanic Gourd
Volcanic Gourd
Volcanic Gourd
Volcanic Gourd

One of Doat’s iconic vessel forms, this stoppered bottle resembles a gourd water jug with basket weave handles. The seemingly canted shape conveys the organic nature of such an object, as do warty glaze droplets on the rotund body. Semi-microcrystalline glazes in russet and black run down and echo the sinuous neck. Elegantly contoured, the bottle’s silhouette is at once imposing and delicate. Made at Doat’s personal studio in Sèvres, this superb example shows the master of grand feu glazes working at the peak of his powers. Another example of this form, with overlaid pâte-sur-pâte decoration, can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department (accession number 1999.179.ab, Bequest of Robert Louis Isaacson, 1998). Marks: impressed artist's name within rectangle

About Taxile Doat

Taxile Doat began working at the Sèvres National Manufactory in 1877. Throughout his tenure there, he maintained a private atelier, at first in Paris and later both in Paris and in the city of Sèvres. Doat's studio ceramics nearly rejected the classical vocabulary that dominated the remarkable pâte-sur-pâte work he created at Sèvres. Instead he favored the Japanese aesthetic of organic shapes and running glazes. His macro crystalline glazes were especially well received. [Source: Jason Jacques]

French, 1851-1939

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George Hoentschel: Stoneware Love Affair, Jason Jacques Gallery, New York