Léon Kann (French, active 1896–ca. 1915, active at Sèvres 1896–98 and 1900–1908)
Height: 7 3/4 in. (19.7 cm)
Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1989
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue 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 Kann
Marking: Stamped in black on underside: S / 1900 in triangle (Sèvres factory mark designating pâte nouvelle, 1900–11); mark incised on underside
[ Lillian Nassau, Inc. , New York, until 1989; sold to MMA ]