Taxile Doat - Design New York Tuesday, December 17, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Jason Jacques Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2003

  • Literature

    Taxile Doat, "Les Céramiques de Grand Feu: La Porcelaine dure et le Grès-Cérame," Art et Decoration, Tome XX, July-December 1906, illustrated p. 154
    Irene Sargent, "Taxile Doat," Keramic Studio, no. 8, December 1906, illustrated p. 172
    Alastair Duncan, The Paris Salons 1895-1914, Volume IV: Ceramics and Glass, Woodbridge, 1998, illustrated p. 190

  • Catalogue Essay

    In his treatise on ceramic-making, Taxile Doat wrote “[in my] experimental laboratory...I win from the fire the wares which have brought me a gratifying success." The following four lots reveal both the experimental nature of the artist’s work as well as his success as a ceramist at the turn of the twentieth century. Whereas other ceramists benefited from a division of labor, Doat preferred to experiment with every stage of the production process—from modeling to firing. He advocated for the use of grand feu ceramics as well as the pâte-sur-pâte technique, which involves creating relief designs by applying multiple layers of slip onto an unfired body. The present works are marked "Sèvres," which is an indication of the artist's workshop's location rather than the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres—though Doat did produce work for the national manufactory until 1950 as well. The present lots demonstrate his expert control over these complex techniques and also reveal Doat’s reliance on motifs from Greek mythology, such as Minerva and the Amazons, as well as nature, which were both popular sources of imagery in fin-de-siècle France.

Important Works from the Ann and Robert Fromer Collection


"Profils d'Amazones" vase

Glazed porcelain with pâte-sur-pâte decoration.
10 in. (25.4 cm) high
Underside painted T DOAT/1901/Sevres.

$12,000 - 18,000 

Sold for $15,000

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New York Auction 17 December 2019