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Posted 3 years ago

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Emerald green and oxblood red glazed stoneware by Alexandre Bigot (1862-1927). The form has nice softly indented sides that have allowed the glaze, which was applied thickly, to pool and drip down the side. Surface texturing between gloss and matte areas and glaze crystallization effects set this cabinet vase above the norm for Bigot's studio pottery production. The underside has one of the earlier Bigot signature stamps, as well as form and glaze production numbers. Dimensions: 5" (height) x 3" (width).
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Alexandre Bigot, born November 5, 1862 and died April 27, 1927 in Paris. A science teacher working in Alsace, Bigot resolved to experiment with pottery after seeing Asian ceramics displayed in Paris in the late 1880s. After a brief stint in the studio of Paul Beyer (1873-1945) in Switzerland, he set up his first kiln in 1889. Bigot exhibited his early work, small simple vases and plates with applied newts, frogs, and snakes in 1894. Soon after Alexandre Bigot resolved to become a potter, he established his own workshop in Mer (Loir et Cher). There he began to teach himself all aspects of ceramic production and before long abandoned teaching to pursue a full-time career in ceramics. When architectural ceramics were introduced at the Universal Exhibition of 1889, the call for such work quickly expanded. In 1897 Bigot turned his firm into a joint-stock company. He moved his Parisian shop from Rue d'Assas to Rue des Petites Ecuries and built a factory at Aulnay (near Mer), where where he eventually employed more than 100 people and operated 10 industrial kilns. As the leading player in the field of architectural ceramics, he was commissioned to work with the greatest sculptors and architects of the time. Meanwhile, he continued making individual figures, vases, tiles and other decorative ceramics in his Paris studio. His work was sold through Siegfried Bing's emporium, Maison L'Art Nouveau. Bigot produced architectural ceramics and art pottery until 1914, when he became a technical consultant in ceramics industry.

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  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
    stunning vase!!!!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
    A thing of Great Beauty !!!!!
  3. surfdub66 surfdub66, 3 years ago
    Cool , love it ;-)
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 years ago
    Amazing Bigot piece, so different to ours!!!
  5. fledermaus fledermaus, 3 years ago
    Grand Gres! There is something about copper red on stoneware that takes me.
  6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 years ago
    Bigot worked mostly for architecture (the building at 9 Avenue Rapp, by Jules Lavirotte, is completely covered in his ceramics, as are most of Lavirotte buildings -The Céramic Hôtel at 34 Avenue Wagram for instance is simply breathtaking-), and Siegfried Bing convinced him to create small items -bowls, vases, ashtrays- to sell at his shop.

    Last year the Iparm?vészeti Múzem (Museum of Decorative Arts) in Budapest exhibited their Alexandre Bigot collection, which consists on every single item Bigot showed in his pavilion at the Paris World's Fair of 1900. They bought the whole content of it!!!
  7. paris1925 paris1925, 3 years ago
    love the glaze jeff-)
  8. cogito cogito, 3 years ago
    Thanks folks for the comments and loves. I had to have it once I saw it on eBay...thankfully photographed badly by the seller, otherwise I suspect it might be here on the site posted by someone else in their collection! The colors, crystallization patterns and tactile nature of glaze are what attracted me most. Not your usual Bigot. Certainly not from the architecture workshop.

    Austrohungaro - I read with interest about the Bigot Paris 1900 Expo pavilion being bought by the Hungarians. Apparently it was bought soon after the Expo and stored for a long time. I wonder if the pieces were purchased at the time with the help of Zsolnay. I can see the company being particularly interested in their main French competition in architectural ceramics!
  9. AmphoraPottery AmphoraPottery, 3 years ago
    Now those are glaze drips! Color combo is also stellar.
  10. alliececile, 1 year ago
    Love love ?? ?? this!

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