Georges Hoentschel

9.25h x 2.50w


c. 1890 - 1900


Inventory Number HOG053

Size 9.25h x 2.50w

Material Glazed Stoneware

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1890 - 1900

This simplistic vessel cuts off just at the slight inward curve of the shoulder, which gives an expansive, planar quality to its surface. One senses the influence of Japanese stoneware, which first figured as an inspiration to French ceramists when shown at the Exposition Universelle (the third Paris World Fair) in 1878. Here this influence has translated into an exploration of the organic and unpredictable potential of the ceramic medium. Hoentschel’s own design repertoire of tea jar inspired vases, sculpted by Grittel and former assistants of the late Jean-Joseph Carriès, leads into the development of a relaxed glazing technique. In this piece, among the translucent brown and grey glazes, a rim of thick, crackled white glaze has settled around the body of the vessel, adding layers to its materiality.

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