Ernest Chaplet (French, Sèvres 1835–1909 Choisy-le-Roi)
confirmed: 20 11/16 × 9 3/4 × 9 3/4 in., 18 lb. (52.5 × 24.8 × 24.8 cm, 8.2 kg)
Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, Purchase, Acquisitions Fund; Louis V. Bell, Harris Brisbane Dick, Fletcher, and Rogers Funds and Joseph Pulitzer Bequest; and 2011 Benefit Fund, 2013
Not on view
Creating a marbled glaze required an extensive knowledge of chemical reactions and firing temperatures. Chaplet’s exhaustive experiments in the kiln would cost him dearly—a firing accident led to his eventual blindness, ending his career as a potter. In despair, he destroyed all his notebooks containing his secret techniques.
Inscription: (underglaze, in blue) 189[?]
Marking: Stamped on underside: rosary mark
[ Art market , Paris, 1977; sold to Ellison ] ; Robert A. Ellison Jr. , New York (1979–2013; sold to MMA)