Inventory Number CHE041
Size 21.5" H x 11" W
Period Art Nouveau, Japonist
Country of Origin France
Year Made c. 1895
With its high-shouldered meiping form, this majestic vase recalls the oxblood glazed vessels Chaplet exhibited at the 1889 Paris Universal Exposition, where he garnered a gold medal and international recognition. Here, an octagonally faceted base reanimates the ancient meiping form, while pools of purplish-blue flambé around the neck enliven frugally applied oxblood glaze on the partly exposed porcelain body. These novel features demonstrate Chaplet’s genius for updating classical Chinese styles without compromising his deep respect for traditional sources.
Model illustrated in Valotaire, Marcel, La Ceramique Français Moderne (Paris, France: Marcel Valotaire, 1930), Plate 11.
Model Illustrated in D'Albis, Jean, Ernest Chaplet: 1835-1909 (Paris, France: Jean D'Albis, 1976), 62.
-Description by Claire Cass