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Jardinière, ca. 1893 Lucien Lévy–Dhurmer (French, 1865–1953); Clément Massier (French, 1844–1917) Golfe–Juan, France

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    Posted 7 years ago

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    The third image depicts Its mate at the Met. and the forth photo are mine.
    Description from The Met Museum...
    French ceramist Clément Massier first explored the aesthetic potential of metallic luster glazes in 1887, when he began collaborating with Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer. Lévy-Dhurmer was a collector of Hispano-Moresque ceramics decorated with iridescent glazes derived from metals such as copper, gold, and silver. The influence of the Spanish earthenware, with its bright, reflective metallic glazes, is evident in the objects he produced in Massier's studio during the nine years he was employed there, and Massier continued to explore the effects of luster glazes long after Lévy-Dhurmer's departure in 1896.
    To create the scattered copper-red oak leaves silhouetted against the mottled green and beige ground of this jardinière, Lévy-Dhurmer achieved a range of iridescent colors that give the surface a sense of depth not possible with more conventional glazes. The natural, organic quality of both the richly patterned luster glaze and the irregular shape, which resembles a large gourd, marks this highly original piece as a superb example of Art Nouveau ceramics.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
    2. Katzl Katzl, 7 years ago
      So, so gorgeuos!!!!
    3. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      Now your talkin'! Amazing cache pot! These cache pots are also distinctive for their organic surfaces. I've only seen a few. Love yours. What are the dimensions? Any chance of an underside photo. One can never get enough attribution data for later comparison.
    4. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      Looks like 9-10 h x 16 diameter. I love it! can't believe I found it. These pieces are so inspiring. I am working on some of my own new lustre pieces. Teaching myself Massier lustre technique is a very challenging and wonderful adventure.
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Great to see you posting again! Thsi is an amazing item.
    6. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      Sorry about MIA. I will post more now that school is finishing up. I have been looking and watching some. You are right Phil, I think it is more abstract and seems so modern. It is silky smooth to the touch!
    7. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 7 years ago
      beautiful vases, you are lucky to own one...
      they were however very far behind with their experimentation of glazes with lustre. John Hancock is recorded as having developed the technique in England at the turn of the century, around 1800. He is seen as the father of lustre. He then went on to run a moderately successful business but never really took lustre as far as he could.
      When you look at items like this is it any wonder the spread was so thin to get such high quality with amazing pieces as this.
    8. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      Yes, I know they were experimenting with resin lusters. For me, Clement Massier was the one who combined the paste lustre and other flash techniques to the highest level ever. I am teaching myself, through much experimentation and research, the art of Massier and applying to my new art pottery works. Check out my works at
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      So glad this is being so inspiring for your work!
    10. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      I just added my new pieces.

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