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Sauterelle énorme! [Enormous majolica grasshopper by Delphin Massier]

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    Posted 3 years ago

    ho2cultcha
    (3979 items)

    I found this enormous grasshopper yesterday at my favorite junkshop. It's definitely seen better days, but what a beauty! It is a planter and was filled with dirt, dead plants and pieces of it's legs. it took me nearly 3 hours to clean it up. i didn't even see the signature until scrubbed for awhile. This thing is a whopping 27 inches long by 15 inches tall! I believe it was created in the 1890s. The Massiers made more grasshoppers based on the same model later, but they were smaller and didn't have nearly as good details as this one [in my opinion]. I think that this comes out of the Victorian obsession with insects.

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    Comments

    1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      This grasshopper is 27 inches [69 cm] long by 15 inches [39 cm] tall!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      WOW !....what an impressive find Ho2. Majolica is so delicate especially at this size. Hope all or most of the pieces were still there. Very cool !! :)
    3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
      Awesome love love
    4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      thanks mikelv and mannikin. it's 95% there. should i get it professionally restored?
    5. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Wow wow wow! I'm jealous!!! :-)
      It seems professional restore is worthy!
      See the price of this smaller one:
      http://www.ebay.fr/itm/Ceramique-Clement-Massier-ou-Jerome-sauterelle-ancienne-faience-barbotine-XXe-/162506736955
    6. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      http://www.artvalue.com/auctionresult--massier-jerome-1850-1926-franc-heuschrecke-2644575.htm
    7. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      https://www.ragoarts.com/auctions/2012/12/08/great-estates/517

      https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auction-024/itemDetails/399/137231
    8. Poire Poire, 3 years ago
      Love it!!
    9. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      thanks so much kyra! very useful info! thank you Poire!
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Wow, super find, very lucky you !~
    11. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      thanks Phil!
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 3 years ago
      I'd have it restored ...it's very special indeed ! :)
    13. TallCakes TallCakes, 3 years ago
      it is a beautiful piece! But professional repairs may be beyond the value, as these repairs are quite costly. And then you have a repaired item that might not necessarily result in added value to cover your initial investment plus repair costs. Maybe you can find someone if your general area for an examination and estimated repairs.
    14. racer4four racer4four, 3 years ago
      Wow!!
      Katydid good!!
    15. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      thanks mikel, TallCakes and racer!

      from what i can find, the value - even as is - is well worth a restoration effortl. here's one that sold in 2010 at Christie's. it's about 1/3 smaller than mine. http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-french-majolica-vase-modeled-as-a-5375076-details.aspx
    16. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      stunning!!!
    17. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      thanks Sean!
    18. maryh1956 maryh1956, 3 years ago
      I love it, what a great find!
    19. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
      thanks maryh!

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