The Infanta

Artist: Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, Lyons 1855–1894 Paris)

Date: ca. 1890–94

Culture: French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye

Medium: Glazed stoneware

Dimensions: 22 5/8 × 17 5/16 × 18 7/8 in. (57.5 × 44 × 48 cm)

Classification: Ceramics-Pottery

Credit Line: Purchase, Robert L. Isaacson Gift, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.28

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
Carriès was an experimental sculptor who turned to ceramics, firing his pieces himself, in a range of textures and tones. The subject–a Baroque princess obsessively hugging her doll–pays tribute to Velázquez, while the "accidental" cracks were inspired by Japanese ceramics, another of his passions.
[ Galerie Patrice Bellanger , Paris, until 1998; sold to MMA ]