Le Louvre French Antiques

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Code 417-82
Pair of 19th French Barbotine Vases, Edouard Gilles, Paris

Edouard Gilles owned and operated his atelier in Paris from 1868-1884. His shop or atelier was one of only a few of that period known for their exquisite artistry in creating large relief decoration barbotine. Edouard Gilles specifically, was known for his elaborate naturalistic gros relief floral 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, colored, applied to a vessel, glazed and fired. During the firing, months of work could be ruined. Few pieces remain intact today due to the fragility of the relief of decoration. His period of production, only 18 years, make his pieces rare. Many went unstamped and unsigned. Other signatures are those of one of his artisans under his tutelage/workshop. Vases over 12” are very rare, and a pairs are very sought after. This pair is 17” in height with an abundance of flowers in different pastel colors. They are marked with his Atelier mark on the bottom of each. Notice the variation in the age of the different flowers, from small buds to fully open large heads. The placement of the flowers is completely naturalistic. The ground color of the vases is a deep black/green at the top to a very pale green toward the bottom. This pair is truly exceptional!

CONDITION: Excellent with very few nicks and chips to flowers. Previous Restorations

H=17, Max Width=11 1/4, D=13
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