Designer / Maker
Designed and manufactured by Théodore Deck (1823-91)
Height: 33.5 cm
French, circa 1870
TD (see below)
The inscription in Thuluth calligraphy on this vase, the form perhaps based on a fourteenth-century Persian hookah base, reportedly translates as ‘Glory to our Lord, the Sultan of the Arabs and Non-Arabs, the Learned’.
Two vases of this form, in bleu Deck, were sold at Millon (Paris), 21 July 2020, lot 237.
For a shorter variant of this vase, with the same decoration, see Bernard Bumpus (intro.), Théodore Deck Céramiste, London, 2000, no. 36.
The way that the present vase is finished suggests that it may have been intended to be the base for an oil lamp.