Posted 5 years ago
Symbolist plate rendered in Lachenal's famed "email mat veloute" glaze. This hanging plate was sculpted by Agnes de Frumerie and was featured in a 1896 Gallerie Georges Petit exhibition (see Duncan, The Paris Salons: Vol. IV - Ceramics & Glass, pg. 265). The subject of the plate is typical of de Frumerie's interests in Scandinavian mythology and represents the bearded god of poetry and wisdom, Bragi, and his wife, Idunn, the goddess of youth. The symbolist rendering of passing time is heightened by the inversion of the characters and Bragi's norse harp fraying at the strings. The reverse of the plate is characteristically signed "Lachenal ceramiste," which can be found on just about all of his edited pieces. Dimensions: 13.3" x 12.5" x 2.25".
Interestingly, there has been little coverage or discussion of de Frumerie's symbolist pieces from this 1896 Georges Petit Exhibition, but I highly suspect that there was a whole mythological story to be told across multiple pieces involving Bragi, Idunn, Loki and elves (see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bragi). Duncan pictures a well-known vase by de Frumerie with elves in the round as being in the same exhibition and the "creature" vase in this posting is known to have a production date that is consistent with the 1896 Exhibition (see picture #3). I suspect that the "creature" in this rare de Frumerie piece may actually be Loki.