Flaming Algae

Clément Massier / Lucien Levy-Dhurmer

9.5" H x 13.25" W


c. 1895


Inventory Number C0198

Size 9.5" H x 13.25" W

Material Earthenware

Period Symbolist

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1895

Condition Excellent

Although not signed by Levy-Dhurmer, this cachepot shows his influence. Similar phosphorescent algae on his signed examples indicate that this piece, if not by his hand, is in his style. Its conical body is covered with an exquisitely painted colony of diatoms, microscopic algae found both in the coastal waters surrounding Golfe-Juan (where Massier's factory was located) and in marine life lithographs by the German evolutionist Ernst Haeckel. Haeckel's books on plants and microorganisms circulated widely in Europe, contributing to the branch of Art Nouveau known as biomorphic abstraction.

Marks: Painted glaze C.M. Golfe Juan (am) 1892, France.

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