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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 556
At the end of the nineteenth century French potters were strongly influenced by the naturalistic forms and variegated glazes of Asian ceramics. In 1900 at Sèvres, Léon Kann designed a number of gourd-shaped vases. The mellifluous lines and subtly graded coloring of this example merge an Asian aesthetic with the last flowering of the Art Nouveau style. A gentle spiral movement is sustained by the curve of the flowering vine and the artful placement of the snails.
Signature: [incised under glaze near base]: L KannMarking: [on underside, stamped in black]: S / 1900 in triangle (factory mark designating pâte nouvelle, 1900–11); [on underside, incised]: (see thumbnail sketch)
[ Lillian Nassau, Inc. , New York (until 1989; sold to MMA) ]
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