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Posted 4 years ago

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This one was too wild to pass up. A squat, but imposing, stoneware vase by Keller & Guérin (Luneville, Fr.) in predominant gold, purple and red reflet métallique glaze with a beetle, flame and (what I suspect is also) rain motif. I have seen only one other similar example of this form and motif, but that other example had differing form sides that were not as deeply impressed and the decor did not have the flames. An inspection of the inside clearly reveals that the piece was hand thrown. I can only guess who may have designed the vase, but given the two similar (but not identical) known examples it looks like these vases had a rough design guide but some freedom was given to the studio potters in applying variation of features and motif. Circa ~1900-1905. Dimensions: 5.5" (width) x 4" (height).
Founded in 1786, Keller & Guérin was a faience manufacturer based in Luneville, near Nancy. By the 1880s Keller et Guérin, successfully produced an eclectic mixture of barbotines and earthenwares with painted or printed decorations. During the Art Nouveau period, the firm's output was informed by the organic work of the school of Nancy. Famous ceramists, including Edmond Lachenal and Ernest Bussière, were commissioned to create new designs using stoneware clay and luster glazes.


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    wow, stunning!!
  2. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Thanks, Sean68. I certainly wish I knew who designed it. The flames make it, IMHO.
  3. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    ok this is very odd, p.s im try to remember where ive seen this marking before , and I do believe , it was QUITTENBAUM auctions or charities!!
  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Christie's!! damn spellcheck!! , sorry typo above , Your very welcome cogito!!
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
  6. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    The Quittenbaum version is the other similar example without the flames that I referenced above. Great memory, Sean68!
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    wow! i really love this piece!
  8. surfdub66 surfdub66, 4 years ago
    Love it ;-))
  9. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Thanks for the lovely comments.
  10. paris1925 paris1925, 4 years ago
    wonderwull jeff.what is the size in CM please
  11. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Hi, Paris1925. 14 x 10.2 cm
  12. paris1925 paris1925, 4 years ago
    lovely-) you have really luck and good taste -)
  13. fledermaus fledermaus, 4 years ago
    This is a very unusual piece with great form.

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