Pair of vases

Ref: 2778
  • Designer / Maker

    The design attributed to Emile Reiber (1826-93)

    Manufactured by Théodore Deck (1823-91)

  • Detail

    Faience

    Height: 37.4 cm

    French (Paris), circa 1878

  • Marked

    ‘TH [conjoined] DECK’, incised in red under base

  • Literature

    H. Blairman & Sons, Furniture and Works of Art (2006), no. 11

  • Provenance

    […]; H. Blairman & Sons, 2006; private collection

  • Notes

    Under the influence of Emile Reiber, Théodore Deck manufactured a wide variety of vases and other vessels in imitation of Chinese and Japanese forms, or with embellishments inspired by oriental decoration (see Bernard Bumpus, ‘Emile Reiber and the Deck Connection’, The Decorative Arts Society Journal 27 (2003), pp. 38–51).  The form of the present vases, with their lion mask ‘handles’ appears to derive from the hu form; a less flared vase originating during the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD).

    A closely related vase was exhibited at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1878 (see Les Merveilles de l’Exposition de 1878, Paris, 1878, p. 548.

    A pair of hu-form vases, decorated on a cream ground with enamelled flowers and birds in similar taste to the present pair, was sold at Camard, 22 October 2002, lot 12. A vase, the decoration tentatively associated with Eléonore Escallier, is illustrated in Bernard Bumpus, intro., Théodore Deck: Céramiste, exn cat., London, 2000, no. 58. Both the vase and a similarly decorated pair of cache-pots, no. 59, are painted on a cream ground.