Overall (confirmed): 25 1/2 × 16 7/8 × 16 in., 36 lb. (64.8 × 42.9 × 40.6 cm, 16.3 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
Emerging from the globular body of this vase is the face of a sleeping woman. Dalpayrat collaborated with the sculptor Voisin-Delacroix on a number of pieces, mainly small models. This large-scale vase is one of their most ambitious works. Voisin-Delacroix was associated with the Symbolist movement, and this piece–with the hidden sleeping face–relates to Symbolist themes associated with dreaming. Dalpayrat's streaky glaze in white, blue, yellow, and copper-red adds to the dreamlike effect.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: (stamped on underside) superimposed D and V
[ Art market , Paris, July 1978; sold to Ellison ] ; Robert A. Ellison Jr. , New York (1978–2013; sold to MMA)