Barbotine is the French version of Majolica. It is a Fine ceramic, made from clay which can be worked to an incredibly realistic form. Some of the most impressive, are those which were fabricated, designed and painted in gros relief (large or high relief), particularly floral and foliate relief in the Impressionist style. The forms and their decoration are of an extreme variety. The time and work to finish one realistic flower, let alone several, was arduous, painstaking, and required extremely fine artistic talent. The Kaolin clay was manipulated to a paper thin fineness, formed into layers of floral petals and leaves, colored and sometimes fired before applying more colors, applied to a vessel , glazed and fired. During the firing, months of work could be ruined if one was not using the utmost caution. The process would then need to start over.
This beautiful vase has ground colors of deep black which fades to a brown, then to light ochre toward the bottom.. The high relief flowers are depicted in stages from buds to completely open flowers, almost past their prime—a technique extremely difficult to accomplish with wet clay. Small blue flowers are also painted along the body of vase, over the ground.
This magnificent vase will be a wonderful addition to any French barbotine collection.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with minor glaze inconsistencies