Moonscape Charger

Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer

14.5" H x 12" W x 4" D


c. 1892


Inventory Number LEL068

Size 14.5" H x 12" W x 4" D

Material Earthenware

Period Symbolist, Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made c. 1892

The décor on this triangular charger superbly demonstrates Lévy-Dhurmer's Symbolist aesthetic. The dark moon, partly obscured by brambles, suggests a night sky observed in a dream or a vision. In both his ceramics and paintings, Lévy-Dhurmer frequently used ambiguous spatial relations to create an air of mystery. Here, golden brambles in the foreground seem to press against the tenebrous moon, behind which a patch of distant sky can be glimpsed. This flattening effect can also be found in Japanese woodblock prints, with which both Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer and Massier were undoubtedly familiar.

Marks: Two labels -Clement Massier, Golfe Juan (Alpes Mmes), numbered 750 and 664.

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