Fire Salamander Vase

Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat

7" H x 8.3" W


C. 1895


Inventory Number DAP143

Size 7" H x 8.3" W

Material Stoneware

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made C. 1895

Condition Excellent

Although this lovely vase does not bear his signature, it was undoubtedly modeled by Alphonse Voisin-Delacroix, who collaborated briefly with Dalpayrat in 1893 until his untimely death that year from pleurisy. After 1893, Dalpayrat re-cast many of Voisin’s models without his initials. This vase appears to be such a casting. A finely modeled salamander crawls out of a fire’s dying embers, where according to legend, this amphibian could live. It is possible that the addition of salt or soda during the firing accounts for the mottled beadlike reduction glaze, which is sometimes referred to as a “tiger-skin” surface.

Model illustrated in Makus, Horst, Adrien Dalpayrat, 1844-1910: französische Jugendstil-Keramik (Stuttgart: Arnoldsche, 1998), 138.

-Description by Claire Cass

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