Flask with face, Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, Lyons 1855–1894 Paris), Glazed stoneware, French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye

Flask with face

Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, Lyons 1855–1894 Paris)
ca. 1890
French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye
Glazed stoneware
H. 15 1/2 in.; wt. confirmed: 9.5 lb. (39.4 cm, 4.3 kg)
Credit Line:
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
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556
The grimacing face reveals the artist's gifts as a sculptor–his profession before becoming a ceramicist. Carriès made an important series of masks, inspired by Japanese Noh theater and the gargoyles and carved faces on Gothic church architecture. His stoneware flasks with faces are an offshoot of this production. The bearded face as a motif on a water jug has its origins in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century German stoneware vessels known as Beardman or Bellarmine jugs.
Signature: Signed on bottom
[ Art market , Paris, October 17, 1984; sold to Ellison ] ; Robert A. Ellison Jr. , New York (1984–2013; sold to MMA)