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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Sèvres (made)

  • Date:

    1877 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Avisse, Alexandre-Paul (designer)
    Doat, Taxile Maximin, born 1851 - died 1939 (decorator)
    Guillemain, A. E. L. (decorator)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, decorated with pâte-sur-pâte technique

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mons. le Ministre de l'Instruction Publique et des Beaux-Arts

  • Museum number:

    162-1881

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 29, shelf 8

Physical description

Porcelain vase, decorated in the pâte-sur-pâte technique.

Place of Origin

Sèvres (made)

Date

1877 (made)

Artist/maker

Avisse, Alexandre-Paul (designer)
Doat, Taxile Maximin, born 1851 - died 1939 (decorator)
Guillemain, A. E. L. (decorator)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, decorated with pâte-sur-pâte technique

Object history note

This type of vase is known as a 'vase potiche AB', from its oriental form and the initials of Alexandre Brongniart, director until 1847. It is an early masterpiece of Taxile Maximin Doat's pâte-sur-pâte technique, which involved the application of successive thin layers of slip (liquid clay), a slow and costly process reserved for exceptional pieces.

Historical significance: An early masterpiece of Taxile Maximin Doat's pâte-sur-pâte technique.

Descriptive line

Vase of porcelain, designed by A.-P. Avisse and decorated by T.M. Doat and A.E.L. Guillemain, made by the Sèvres porcelain factory, Sèvres, 1877.

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

The designer Alexandre-Paul Avisse (active 1848-1884) is an obscure figure. Taxile Maximin Doat, one of the two decorators, was by contrast an important figure in technical developments at Sèvres, where he started in 1877. This vase (a 'vase potiche AB', from its oriental form and the initials of Alexandre Brongniart, director until 1847) is thus an early masterpiece of Taxile Maximin Doat's pâte-sur-pâte technique, which involved the application of successive thin layers of slip (liquid clay), a slow and costly process reserved for exceptional pieces. [1987-2006]

Production Note

The designer Alexandre-Paul Avisse (active 1848-1884) is an obscure figure. Taxile Maximin Doat, one of the two decorators, was by contrast an important figure in technical developments at Sèvres, where he started in 1877. This vase is an early masterpiece of Doat's pâte-sur-pâte technique.

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Pâte-sur-pâte

Categories

Porcelain; Ceramics; Vases

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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