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Basket vase

Georges Hoentschel (French, Paris 1855–1915 Paris)
ca. 1900
French, Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye
19 1/2 in., 15.9 lb. (49.5 cm, 7.2 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:
Not on view
The imaginitive four-handled form of this vase resembles the pronged shape of a vajra, a Buddhist ritual implement. Hoentschel frequently used mottled green glazes that bring to mind the patina of oxidized bronze or copper. It is unclear how involved Hoentschel was in the production process of ceramics; his role probably was similar to that of an artistic director.
Marking: (on the bottom) maker's mark of entwined initials GH
[ Barr Gardner , New York, September 26, 1984; sold to Ellison ] ; Robert A. Ellison Jr. , New York (1984–2013; sold to MMA)
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