Height 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm.), diameter 8 1/4 in. (21 cm.)
Purchase, Edward C. Moore Jr. Gift, 1922
Not on view
Decoeur was fascinated by traditional Chinese celadon glazing, especially for the tonal variations created by the buildup of the glaze in hollows and diffusion in areas in relief. Here, he modernized the ancient technique by applying a pale gray glaze to a stylized classical form, the entire surface of which is covered with small tightly spaced squares; the effect is one of cool, modern abstraction tempered by an ancient warmth and richness.
Inscription: Impressed (on underside of foot): EDecoeur [ED conjoined, with reversed E]
[Galerie Georges Rouard, Paris, until 1922; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 54–55, 253, no. 10c, ill. (color).