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Monumental vase

Designer:
Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris)
Maker:
Possibly executed by Èmile Grittel (French, 1870–1953)
Date:
1899–1900
Culture:
French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye
Medium:
Glazed stoneware
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 45 5/8 x 22 1/2 x 24 1/8 in., 145 lb. (115.9 x 57.2 x 61.3 cm, 65.7716 kg)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Purchase, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation Gift, 2007
Accession Number:
2007.27
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
This vase, a masterpiece of French Art Nouveau design, is among the largest and most ambitious ceramics designed by Georges Hoentschel, who was an architect, interior decorator, and art collector in addition to being a ceramist. The various aquatic motifs, which include fish, crustaceans, shells, and seaweed, are integrated into the design of the vase with seemingly effortless skill, and the mottled green glaze reinforces the marine theme. This vase and its mate were displayed prominently in the pavilion of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs at the Exposition Universelle of 1900 in Paris.
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