Posted 6 years ago
One of the more iconic ceramics from the period, this Sevres porcelain pitcher was sculpted by Leon Kann (1859 - 1925) and features Kann's superb ability to incorporate naturalistic features into the overall functioning of his designs. I've seen these pitchers in a wide array of glaze types and colors, some of them quite wild, but this is the first I've come across where the earthtone color palate and thinness of the glaze best fits the design motif. Kann also produced a wonderful fennel shaped tea set that Sevres also edited around the same period. A similar example of this pitcher form is in the permanent collection of the Musée National de Sevres. And, strangely, this pitcher shows up in Duncan's "The Paris Salons Volume IV" (p. 433) in a porcelain wares grouping that is listed as unattributed and undated.
Note: A similar example is in the permanent collection of the Musée National de Sevres.
Literature: Duncan, The Paris Salons Volume IV, p. 433