Inventory Number LEL082

Size 2.25" h x 5" w

Material Earthenware

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made 1892-1895

Circular earthenware bowl with marine imagery in iridescent metallic luster glaze. Artistic director of Massier’s luster studio, Lévy-Dhurmer was also the most brilliant decorator in that operation. Here he combined stylized sea urchins, depicted in both positive and negative polarities, with a vermiform pattern suggestive of undersea life forms or the movement of water itself. This interplay of representation and abstraction is a key component of his unique painted decoration of pottery.

Marks: Enamelled signatures.

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