Charger with birds

Maker:
Joseph-Théodore Deck (French, Guebwiller, Alsace 1823–1891 Paris)
Decorator:
Ernest Carrière (French, 1858–1908)
Date:
ca. 1885–90
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Earthenware
Dimensions:
Overall (confirmed): 2 3/4 × 23 7/8 × 23 7/8 in. (7 × 60.6 × 60.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Pottery
Credit Line:
Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, Gift of Robert A. Ellison Jr., 2013
Accession Number:
2013.239.15
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
This large dish was decorated by Ernest Carrière, a painter and ceramicist who worked in Deck’s studio. He was the brother of the Symbolist painter Eugène Carrière. The eerie aura of this scene may reflect the mystical otherworldly nature of Symbolism. The dramatic effect is highlighted by the striking contrast between the black clouds and the moonlit sky in Deck’s famous blue glaze.
Signature: (signed in decoration) Eugène Carrière

Inscription: (inscribed on reverse in brown underglaze) 40 E.C.

Marking: (impressed, in rectangular format) TH [conjoined] Deck
Robert A. Ellison Jr. , New York (until 2013; to MMA)