Paul Jeanneney - Design New York Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Alain Cical, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1985

  • Catalogue Essay

    Turning the Centuries

    The following pages present a selection of works from the collection of Ann and Robert Fromer. Prescient collectors with a shared passion, the Fromers began acquiring decorative arts almost fifty years ago, a fact that is reflected in the knowledgeable scope of their collection, which spans the late 19th through early 20th centuries.

    The Fromers' collection aptly narrates the historicism and innovative spirit of this period, demonstrating how naturalism, Japanese influences, and historic revivals of the late 19th century gave way to the progressively graphic and pictorial styles of Art Deco. A predilection for layered textures and richly evocative color palettes further unite the collection.

    The most active years of the Fromers’ collecting, the 1980s, took place roughly a century after the major exhibitions of the late 19th century that introduced Art Nouveau to the world, a time when this ground-breaking period of creativity was just beginning to be re-examined by a new generation of scholars and collectors. Fifty years on, the scholarship has continued to advance. In these early years of rediscovery, without the wealth of scholarship and market history now at our disposal, the Fromers nevertheless assembled a museum-worthy collection of the finest and most representative works of the period. Perhaps most of all, this collection offers a fresh glimpse into the artistry of the period through the eyes of Ann and Robert Fromer.


    Paul Jeanneney was an avid ceramist as well as a collector of art and design. Early in his career, he began to acquire works by his contemporaries such as Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat and Auguste Delaherche, artists whose work is also included in the present offering. To his collection, Jeanneny added objects from countries such as China, Korea, and Japan. The confluence of Eastern artifacts with contemporary works (which drew from Asian pottery, themselves) greatly influenced Jeanneney’s production of Art Nouveau ceramics. The artist often worked with drip glazes that produced a beautiful peau de serpent (or snakeskin) effect, as seen in the present lots. The elegance of these forms, paired with his dynamic use of glaze, result in quietly complex pieces that continue to delight today just as much as they did when he revealed them at the turn of the century in France.

Important Works from the Ann and Robert Fromer Collection


Gourd-form vase

circa 1900
Glazed stoneware with peau de serpent effect.
6 in. (15.2 cm) high
Underside incised Jeanneney.

$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $5,625

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New York Auction 17 December 2019