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    Posted 10 years ago

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    A rare French Art Nouveau/Symbolist iridescent ceramic vase with janiform motif by Jean-Baptiste Gaziello, one of Clement Massier's former proteges and designer from 1895-1905. Signed around the base, "J. Gaziello, Vallauris." Dimensions: 8.5"(H) x 4"(W, at the base).

    Jean-Baptiste Gaziello (1871-1957) was employed by Clement Massier, the principal art pottery on the Cote d Azur, as a decorator. Gaziello also had an independent ceramic studio at the nearby establishment of L'Hospied. He perfected the technique of decorating ware with shimmering metallic lustres and the present vase, which is a particularly striking example dates from around 1906, when Gaziello was just striking out on his own. The principal collection of Gaziello's work and that of other Massier devotees are in the Musee de la Cramique at Vallauris, France.

    Gaziello's selection of a janiform motif on this vase conjoining the heads of two females, one with a sorrowful downward gaze and the other with wide-eyed joy, is a perfect embodiment of early 20th century interest in inner conflict, emotional transition and psychology. The flowing form of the base reinforces the feminine aspect of the piece, while tying in the ever-present concern for the natural world inherent to French Art Nouveau. By rendering the vase in an electrically charged iridescent glaze, Gaziello bestows the piece with an other-worldly "dream" quality coveted by Symbolist artists of the period.

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    1. famatta127 famatta127, 10 years ago
      I have owned numerous Gaziello pieces but none as beautiful as this. Congratulations.
    2. cogito cogito, 10 years ago
      Thanks, Mr. T. Couldn't leave Baltimore empty handed...
    3. AmberRose AmberRose, 10 years ago
      Holy WOW!!!
    4. RockoM, 10 years ago
      This is amazing!!!!!!!
    5. ozmarty ozmarty, 10 years ago
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Major WOW!
      It's amazing to see to such wonderful pieces here on CW!
      Thanks for sharing cogito!
    7. cogito cogito, 10 years ago
      Thanks all. I found her(them) at the Baltimore Antiques Show. I highly recommend a visit to the show one day if you get a chance! It was HUGE, and the price range was just as was not unusually to see one booth that would have a large Degas or Monet for millions, while the next would be mid-range mid-century modern items in the hundreds. I have more to share from the show, so stay tuned! But, while you wait, here's a link to some of the pictures I took at the show:
    8. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 10 years ago
      that thump was my jaw hitting the floor.
    9. dickweedrules dickweedrules, 10 years ago
      Reminds me of that lion cover Santana album. The lions mane and face is full of faces...

      Nice piece
    10. fledermaus fledermaus, 10 years ago
      I just noticed this piece! Awesome!
      The ultimate in lustre glazes.
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      stunning:) love this very much:)

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