Le Louvre French Antiques

1400 Slocum Street
Dallas, TX 75207
214-742-2605 FAX: 214-742-2639
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Code 318-6
19th Century Blue Barbotine Vase from France, Edouard Gilles

Edouard Gilles owned and operated his atelier in Paris from 1868-1884. His shop or atelier was one of only a few of the period known for their exquisite artistry in large relief decoration of barbotine. Edouard Gilles specifically, was known for his elaborate naturalistic gros relief work. The work to finish one realistic flower, let alone several, was extremely involved and difficult to complete.  The Kaolin clay was manipulated to a paper-thin fineness, formed into flowers and other motifs, colored, applied to a vessel, glazed and fired.  During the firing, months of work could be ruined.

Few pieces remain in tact today due to the fragility of the relief decoration. His period of production, only 16 years, makes his pieces rare. This particular vase depicts gros relief pale pink roses with their stems and leaves on a pale blue to almost white ground color.  This color is also considered rare.  Tiny yellow flowers and their leaves are painted, not in relief, as background motifs on the vase. This stunning barbotine vase will bring pleasure to anyone viewing it.

CONDITION: Very good condition with minor rubs to leaf edges in areas, glaze craquelure in areas.

H=10, W=8, D=6 3/4
$1,800
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