Meiping Vase

Ernest Chaplet

21.5" H x 11" W

CHE041

c. 1895

Description

Inventory Number CHE041

Size 21.5" H x 11" W

Material Porcelain

Period Art Nouveau, Japonist

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1895

Condition Excellent

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.

Publications
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

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