Posted 6 years ago
One of my favorite vases. I usually like more colorfully glazed pieces - this is the "exception to the rule" for me.
Large (14 inches tall), square-shouldered stoneware vase with deeply carved, naturalistic ivy on an architectural form. Glazed to give the appearance of weathered stone. This vase dates to circa 1895.
An essentially identical example was part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Salvaging the Past" 2013 Exhibition.
Georges Hoentschel (1855 - 1915) was an interior designer with an elite international following. He engaged sculptor Jean Carriès to create Japonist ceramics for his more advanced clients. Much of the inspiration was drawn from floral forms. Hoentschel's talent and taste were officially confirmed when he was commissioned to design and oversee the decoration of the pavilion of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900.
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