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Vase

Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bing, Siegfried, born 1838 - died 1905 (retailer)
    Saglier, Victor (designer)
    Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)
    Saglier Frères

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with crystalline glaze, mounted with silver

  • Museum number:

    1699-1900

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case B1, shelf 1

Victor Saglier and his successors Saglier Frères (Eugène and André Saglier) were metalworkers in Paris who commissioned vases from ceramicists such as Alexandre Bigot and from artists working at the Sèvres factory. The Sèvres chemists' achievements in developing new porcelain and colours in the 1880s were closely followed by the development of crystalline glazes as used to decorate this vase. The first successful experiments were made by Royal Copenhagen but Sèvres, which had made the initial discovery, quickly caught up and exhibited crystal glazes at Paris in 1900 on some of the largest stoneware vases ever made in one piece by the factory.

Physical description

Porcelain vase with crystalline glazes and a silver mount.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Bing, Siegfried, born 1838 - died 1905 (retailer)
Saglier, Victor (designer)
Sèvres porcelain factory (manufacturer)
Saglier Frères

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with crystalline glaze, mounted with silver

Marks and inscriptions

'V.S. SEVRES' printed in green for the designer and metalworker Victor Saglier (vase)

Head of Minerva and '1' within an octagon for millesimal fineness .920 - French assay mark for export wares (mount)

Anchor between the letters 'S.F.'within a lozenge - makers mark (mount)

'259' incised - factory mark (vase)

Object history note

Art dealer, critic and patron Siegfried Bing (1838 – 1905) is best known for the shop that he opened in 1895 in Paris, called 'L'Art Nouveau'. It was this shop that gave the name to the whole movement.

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain with crystalline galzes designed by Victor Saglier, made by Sèvres; mount made by Saglier Frères; sold by Siegfried Bing, Paris, ca. 1900

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dam, Peter van. "Siegfried Bing 1838-1905." Andon, Summer 1983, pp. 10–14.
Troy, Nancy J. Modernism and the Decorative Arts in France: Art Nouveau to Le Corbusier New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
Weisberg, Gabriel P., Edwin Becker, and Évelyne Possémé, eds. The Origins of L'Art Nouveau: The Bing Empire. Amsterdam: Van Gogh Museum, distributed by Cornell University Press 2004. ISBN 0-8014-4387-3
Weisberg, Gabriel P., Art Nouveau Bing:Paris Style ,1900 Harry N Abrams Inc New York 1986 ISBN 978-0-8109-1486-5

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

The Sèvres chemists' achievements in developing new porcelain and colours in the 1880s were closely followed by the development of crystalline glazes. The first successful experiments were made by Royal Copenhagen but Sèvres, which had made the initial discovery, quickly caught up and exhibited crystal glazes at Paris in 1900 on some of the largest stoneware vases ever made in one piece by the factory. Like all special glaze effects, the crystalline type was prized and, in this case, set off by an elegant mount in art nouveau style. [1987-2006]

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Glazed; Mounted

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain; Metalwork; Vases

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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