Inventory Number HOG040
Size 25.5" H x 15.35" W
Period Art Nouveau
Country of Origin France
Year Made C. 1900
This monumental stoneware baluster vase is inspired by Classical antiquity, with its monumental draped form. The vase pays homage to the sea, incorporating the relief of conch shells, fish and aquatic plants under its surface. Its texture suggests the idea of water streaming over the forms. The light greenish blue glaze recalls the ocean's waves flowing over the sand-like tone of the vase. This vase was most likely executed by Émile Grittel given its large size. It is one of a pair shown at L'Exposition Universelle in 1900, which flanked the entrance to the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs Pavilion.
Marks: On the rim of the foot with the entwined initials GH.
Bard Graduate Center Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (April 4, 2013 - August 11, 2013)
Model illustrated in Bouvet, Vincent, Georges Hoentschel: 1855-1915 (Château de Saint-Rémy-en-L'Eau, France: Vincent Bouvet, 1999), 116.
Illustrated in Kisluk-Groshiede, Danielle , Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, New York : Danielle Kisluk-Groshiede , 2013), 227.