Vase with peacock feather decoration

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  • Provenance

    Macklowe Gallery & Modernism, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1988

  • Literature

    François Guillaume Dumas, Revue de l'Exposition Universelle de 1889, Vol. II, Paris, 1889, p. 259
    René Ménard, "Auguste Delaherche," Art et Décoration, February 1906, p. 57
    Auguste Delaherche: Rêves d'argile, secrets d'émail, exh. cat., Fondation Neumann, Gingins, Switzerland, 2001, p. 21
    David A. Brenneman, et al., Paris in the Age of Impressionism: Masterworks from the Musée d'Orsay, exh. cat., High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2002, p. 127

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1889, Auguste Delaherche won a gold medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris, where he showcased ceramic vases with peacock feather decorations, including the present model. This presentation established Delaherche as one of preeminent ceramists of his generation and helped to usher in the Art Nouveau style. Later in his career, Delaherche preferred to use drip glazes rather than representational imagery, but the style of his work remained indebted to Eastern influences. These works demonstrate a shift from the figural to the abstract in Delaherche’s œuvre, and they reveal mastery at each iteration of his artistic practice.

    An example of the present model is in the permanent collection of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

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Important Works from the Ann and Robert Fromer Collection

Vase with peacock feather decoration

circa 1889
Glazed stoneware.
15 in. (38.1 cm) high
Underside impressed with artist's seal and numbered 2194.

Estimate
$12,000 - 18,000 

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New York Auction 17 December 2019