A stunning example of gros relief barbotine, this vase has large, paper thin kaolin clay flowers affixed to the hand-painted body. From the studio of Edouard Gilles, circa 1880, the circular vase has a pierced latticework bronze ormolu base with four grotesque lion mascaron feet.
The vase has a variegated black to light gray background that is dotted with brown branches containing blue flowers. High relief flowers have been painted pink, complete with green leaves and brown with yellow stems. The interior has been painted pale turquoise, matching the undertone of some of the leaves on the exterior. There are several production marks along the bottom of the vase, including “E.G” for Edouard Gilles.
Barbotine items from Gilles’ studio are considered rare, given the relatively short period of production (1868-1884). The studio was renowned for their elaborate gros relief decorations, with Gilles himself often crafting the delicate flowers. Our 19th century barbotine vase would make a fantastic decorative accessory for a mantel, center table, or console. The vase could also be repurposed into a desk lamp with a contemporary shade.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with fleabites and minor rubs. Light buildup to interior and bronze base, commensurate to age and use.