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    Posted 7 years ago

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    A tall purple reflective glaze Alphonse Cytère (1851-1941; Rambervillers, Fr.) vase with pewter floral overlay, circa 1900. The overlay on these pieces are notoriously fragile as the overlay was typically affixed with a wax-like adhesive that decays over time. Most overlay failed to survive. This vase has its overlay perfectly intact, though one can see where the surface sheen of the vase around the overlay areas has been affected over time by the wax adhesive. Dimensions: 10” (height) x 4.5” (width).


    Alphonse Cytère was born in Tauves (Puy-de-Dome) in 1851 and died in Rambervillers (Vosges) in 1941, as a French chemist/ceramist related to the École de Nancy. In 1891, Cytère became the director of the Société Anonyme des Produits Céramiques de Rambervillers (S.A.P.C.R.), whose principal activity was the manufacture of industrial ceramics and glazed drain pipes. In 1903, he broke from industrial ceramics and established a ceramic arts studio producing edited pieces (vases, decorative objects, architectural elements) provided by many artists of the Ecole de Nancy including Jacques Gruber, Eugene Vallin, Ernest Bussière, Louis Majorelle, and Claudin Pierre René Jeandelle. These objects were available via catalog sales and presented regularly at fairs in the Lorraine Society of Friends of Arts and exhibitions of the Ecole de Nancy.

    F. Bertrand (1997). Grès flammés de Rambervillers: Art nouveau dans les Vosges. Departmental Museum of Ancient and Contemporary Art.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      I dont have to read ,But this is stunning :)
    2. inky inky, 7 years ago
      Just beautiful.....:-)
    3. paris1925 paris1925, 7 years ago
      congrats cogito, i was also biding on this vase-) love rambervillers work-)
    4. surfdub66 surfdub66, 7 years ago
      Love it !!! Never seen one before or heard of this potter , thats what I like about cw, especially when you get a write up like this..
    5. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      Thanks all. I was surprised to see the pewter intact on this one. I once made the mistake of trying to clean the surface of one of these overlay vases with some hot water and the water melted the wax adhesive and the overlay sloughed off. Needless to say, I won't be doing that again. :(
    6. paris1925 paris1925, 7 years ago
      cogoto,we all do somtime some mistakes-) one day i wanted to clean up a cristal vase..... i put insid very hot water..... sooooo bad! all broken! i'lll never do it again-) well i'm happy that you get it it is anice pie"ce for your collection-) i'm looking a bussiere vase or jeandelle in rambervillers some of these (depend of the glaze) are magnificent
    7. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 7 years ago
      one 31 december night I put in the oven my best transferware oval platter with pork meat and ananas and it broken down it was more than a hundred years old. Marvelous tone of maud
    8. cogito cogito, 7 years ago
      Oh, the horror stories!

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