Pierre Clément Massier (1844–1917)
Glazed earthenware, with original lead liner
59 cm (high)
French (Golfe Juan), 1900-01
‘M Clément Massier / Golfe Juan / (a m)’ in script, ‘MCM / Golfe Juan / 6 [with line across the top]’, impressed; all marks under base
It is reasonable to suggest, despite the lack of evidence, that this exceptionally tall and striking vase would have been appropriate as an exhibit at the Paris Exposition Universelle, 1900. At this world’s fair, Massier exhibited ‘Produits artistique à reflet métallique’; see Pierre Sanchez, Dictionnaire des Céramistes, Peintres sur Porcelaine, Verre et Email, Verriers et Emailleurs, Exposant dans les Salons, Expositions Universelles, Industrielles, d’Art Décoratif, et les Manufactures Nationales 1790–1920, 3 vols, Dijon, 2005, II, p. 1005.
Vases on this scale, particularly with a figure, appear rare. An example with a figure (size unknown and dated circa 1890) is in the Bröhan Museum, Berlin. For further tall vases see Massier L’Introduction de la Céramique Artistique sur la Côte d’Azur, Vallauris, 2000, no. 24 (110 cm high, with swimming fish emerging from the body of the vase) and no. 46 (63 cm high). Another unadorned vase of this elongated form (30.5 cm high), tapering to the base and dated circa 1891, was with Jason Jacques, New York; see Jason Jacques, Clément Massier. Iridescence, New York, 2003 (unnumbered and unpaginated catalogue).
For a biography of Clément Massier and other céramistes from his family, see Arthur (op. cit., pp. 264–66).