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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
The earth tones and the natural aesthetic of the freely applied glazes, which drip down the sides of these two vases, reveal a Japanese influence. When Japanese stoneware was exhibited in Paris in 1878 it caused a sensation among critics and ceramicists. French art-potters such as Carriès valued the roughness of Japanese pots, a welcome contrast to the machine-like perfection of ceramics being produced in France at the time.
Signature: Signed on bottom
[ Art market , Paris, May 21, 1978; sold to Ellison ] ; Robert A. Ellison Jr. , New York (1978–2013; sold to MMA)