Viper's Nest

Maurice Gensoli

5 1/2" x 11 3/4"

C0133

c. 1930

Description

Inventory Number C0133

Size 5 1/2" x 11 3/4"

Material Stoneware

Period Art Deco

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1930

Thick-bodied snakes coiling around and peering over the rim of this large porcelain bowl form an intriguing nest-like centerpiece. Because of the depth of the sculpture, light and shadow play an important part in the beauty of this piece. The pooling and dripping Japonist glaze adds a further textural dimension and perhaps serves as a reminder of the snakes’ deadly venom. This piece was formerly in the collection of Jacques Émile Ruhlmann and later in the collection of Alain Lesieutre.

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