Tribute to Valencia

Clément Massier

5.875" H x 4.75" W

C0238

1889

Description

Inventory Number C0238

Size 5.875" H x 4.75" W

Material Earthenware

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made 1889

Condition Excellent

Massier visited Valencia and Manises in the early 1880s to study Hispano-Moresque ceramics. Examples seen at that time may have inspired the decoration of this vase. The allover pattern, consisting of stylized sunflowers, petals, and vines, is executed in a golden luster glaze on a paler gold background. The body twist creates a sense of dynamism, conveys the plasticity of clay, and allows the decoration to move in three dimensions. This vase was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889. It was here that Massier unveiled his lusterware to an international audience and was awarded a gold medal for his achievement.

Marks: Painted artist's initials, Golfe Juan, 1889.

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