Gourd vase

Jean-Joseph Carriès French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

The earth tones and the natural aesthetic of the freely applied glazes, which drip down the sides of these two vases, reveal a Japanese influence. When Japanese stoneware was exhibited in Paris in 1878 it caused a sensation among critics and ceramicists. French art-potters such as Carriès valued the roughness of Japanese pots, a welcome contrast to the machine-like perfection of ceramics being produced in France at the time.

Gourd vase, Jean-Joseph Carriès (French, Lyons 1855–1894 Paris), Stoneware, French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye

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