Porcelain Vase - Art by Ernest Chaplet
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Ernest Chaplet
Porcelain Vase

ca 1890

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The Venus of Willendorf if she were a pot; this diminutive size is perfectly suited for holding in your hands. This pot is meant to be caressed. Its rather buxom top narrows at the waist, then swells out slightly at the hips to terminate at the foot of the pot in thick pools of glaze. Playfully, Chaplet allows a bit of the white unglazed ceramic to be exposed for a little titillation, like catching a glimpse of a petticoat. With fetish-like appeal, the thickly-applied matte glazes only add to the pot’s sensuality. Chaplet’s sang-de boeuf underglaze is tricked out in turquoise, white and ochre. Its textured abstract design takes on a similar captivatingly fetishistic quality. This is a one of a kind studio piece which was exhibited in Chaplet’s first retrospective exhibition held in Paris in 1910. ERNEST CHAPLET (1835-1907) Not only was Chaplet France’s premier studio ceramist, the example he set of personally creating a ceramic object from the conceptual phase through modeling, firing and glazing - constantly reaching for new and innovative modes of expression and technique - elevated the notion of a ceramist from artisan to Artist. While Director of Production for Haviland & Co., Chaplet expanded their focus from porcelain into stoneware production and developed the barbotine method of painting earthenware with liquid clay as well as conducted extensive research in glaze techniques. He was awarded a gold medal in 1889 at Paris’ l’Exposition Universelle for his revolutionary sang de boeuf glaze. That same year, Chaplet opened his own atelier in Choisy-le-Roi where he continued to produce avant-garde stoneware and support younger talent.

Details

  • Artist
    Ernest Chaplet (1835 - 1907, French)
  • Creation Year
    ca 1890
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    This exact vase was featured at the Chaplet retrospective exhibition in 1910 as well as photographed for the book "The Paris Salons: 1895-1914, vol IV, Ceramics and Glass", pg 83. Featured in "Art & Antiques" magazine: Summer 2017, pg 48.
  • Dimensions
    H 4.75 in. x W 4 in.H 12.07 cm x W 10.16 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU46731343013
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