Diatom Colony

Clément Massier

15.12" H x 5.25" W

C0220

c. 1899

Description

Inventory Number C0220

Size 15.12" H x 5.25" W

Material Earthenware

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1899

Condition Excellent

Made under the artistic directorship of Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer, this vase shows how skillfully Massier could walk the fine line between representational and abstract decoration. The triangular lozenges that constitute the allover décor are actually diatoms, a type of unicellular algae. Both Lévy-Dhurmer and Massier were fascinated with the decorative qualities of microscopic marine organisms, images of which were widespread in fin de siécle Europe.

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