Snake and Frog

Alexandre Bigot

10.75" (diameter)




Inventory Number C0451

Size 10.75" (diameter)

Material sculpted and flambé-glazed stoneware

Period Art Nouveau, Japonist

Country of Origin France

Year Made c1900

This disarming dish was intended as an artwork rather than as a functional object. Here, a carefully articulated frog attacks a helpless snake in a pool of translucent turquoise glaze that suggests water. The use of “lowly” animals as decorative sculptural devices was pioneered in France in the sixteenth century by Bernard Palissy. The late-nineteenth-century influx of Asian pottery with animal decoration seems to have reawakened Palissy’s spirit in Bigot and other French ceramists.

Marks: Inscribed A Hulou, Bigot.

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