Vase des Binelles

Designer Hector Guimard French
Manufacturer Sèvres Manufactory French

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This vase is an extraordinary feat of Art Nouveau ceramics by the French architect Hector Guimard, who designed the iconic Paris Métro entrances. Monumental in scale, the Vase des Binelles has an architectural presence and a strong organic form, and its curvilinear handles are evocative of the ornate cast-iron elements of Guimard's buildings. The specialized crystalline glaze, developed at the end of the nineteenth century, features iridescent crystal particles that create a sparkling effect. Only five examples of this model were made.

Vase des Binelles, Hector Guimard (French, Lyons 1867–1942 New York), Stoneware

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