In antiquity, urns—covered vases without handles—were conceived to hold the ashes of the dead. The shape has continued to inspire designers and can be used for a variety of purposes: utilitarian, ceremonial, or, as here, art object.
Inscription: Signed (underside of foot, scratched): Marinot
[Galerie Sonnabend, Paris, until 1970; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art Deco Paris," June 8, 2004–February 6, 2005, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection," December 21, 2007–April 5, 2009, no catalogue.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Penelope Hunter. "Art Déco: The Last Hurrah." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 30 (June–July 1972), p. 264.
Marvin D. Schwartz and Betsy Wade. The New York Times Book of Antiques. New York, 1972, ill. p. 311.
Penelope Hunter in "Twentieth Century Art." Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 228.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 152–53, 259, no. 41a, ill. (color).