International Decorative Art

Handled Iridescent Vase

Handled Iridescent Vase

Design Date c. 1900

Designer Clément Massier (1844–1917, French)

Manufacturer Massier Pottery (founded 1883), Golfe-Juan, France

Media ceramic

Dimensions 4 x 2 5/8 x 2 5/8 inches

Clément Massier, born into a family of ceramists, started his own firm in Golfe-Juan, France in 1883. Inspired by reflective metallic glazes they had seen in Italy and Spain, Massier and his firm’s artistic director Lucien Lévy-Dhurmer unveiled their own luster glazes at the 1889 Paris Exposition to great acclaim. The shifting green and gold tones of the iridescent finish on this vase provide a fitting background for the painted decoration of leaves and organic shapes, naturalistic features commonly found on Massier’s Art Nouveau ceramics.

ON VIEW in Art Nouveau Gallery 4

Markings Signed "… MASSIER GOLFE- JUAN A. M." and impressed "CLEMENT MASSIER GOLFE JUAN A.M." and "2" in bottom

Credit Line Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art

Accession Number 2004.1578