Posted 2 years ago
Magnificent earthenware decorative scenic tile rendered in Massier’s famed 'reflets métallique” glaze technique with metallic gloss, green, pink, purple and bronze decorated throughout a bridge and shoreline landscape. Signed on the reverse, “Clement Massier, Golfe Juan, A.M.” and also stamped with the Massier production mark.
The face of the tile is also initialed in the lower right corner, “M.A,” which is the signature of Marius Alexandre, who was one of Clement Massier's best painters. In 1911, Alexandre would go on to form the famed BACS ceramics works in Cannes with Jean Barol, Jean Carle, and François Sicard. Barol was the glaze artist, Alexandre the painter, Carle the decorator, and Sicard the potter. BACS became well known for the enamel-glazed, impressionist style landscape paintings fired on its ceramics, as such this landscape plaque represents an early pre-BACS example of what Alexandre later produced independently with Barol, Carle and Sicard. Dimensions: 7.28"(H) x 8"(W).
An example of this type of Massier & Alexandre scenic tile/plaque can be found illustrated on page 59 of “Les Massier côte cour, côte jardin” Musee Magnelli, Musee de la Ceramique de Vallauris (2009). Silvana Editoriale, Milano.