Gourd-form inkwell with toads

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  • Condition Report

  • Provenance

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

  • Literature

    Arielle and Robert Guillaume, Alphonse Voisin-Delacroix: Ou quand un sculpteur rencontre un céramiste, 1892-1893, Besançon, 1993, p. 75
    Horst Makus, et al., Adrien Dalpayrat 1844-1910, Stuttgart, 1998, p. 139

  • Catalogue Essay

    Adrien Pierre Dalpayrat and Alphonse Voisin-Delacroix signed a working contract in 1892, shortly after which the pair likely produced the present lot. Voisin-Delacroix created the form while Dalpayrat perfected the glaze. The exact date of production is uncertain as Voisin-Delacroix died in 1893 but his forms may have been posthumously recreated. During their brief collaboration, the pair created a range of works that featured motifs verging on the macabre, such as body parts and small animals. The gourd-form inkwell with the present lot is an example of this type of work which combines a whimsical form with a mesmerizing glaze. Dalpayrat’s glazes typically combined multiple colors, most famously his sang de bœuf glaze—sometimes called “Dalpayrat red”—which he used in his inkwell with silver mount (lot 127).

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Important Works from the Ann and Robert Fromer Collection

Gourd-form inkwell with toads

1893-1906
Glazed stoneware.
2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm) high
Underside signed Dalpayrat.

Estimate
$6,000 - 8,000 

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New York Auction 17 December 2019