Bizarre and basket-like, this muscular form seems to be bursting open and reaching upward to release its contents into the air. To twenty-first century observers it evokes thoughts of an alien life form but at the time that it was created it might have been recognized as a magnified plant or animal part of the type pictured in Ernst Haeckel's Art Forms in Nature (series published 1899-1904). The water-green glaze adds a decorative touch that enables this sculptural piece to command its space.
Model illustrated in Bouvet, Vincent, Geogres Hoentschel: 1855-1915 (Château de Saint-Rémy-en-L'Eau, France: Vincent Bouvet, 1999), 116.
Bard Graduate Center Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 4, 2013 - August 11, 2013)
Illustrated in Kisluk-Groshiede, Danielle , Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York : Danielle Kisluk-Groshiede , 2013), 224.