Hector Guimard Art Nouveau Ceramic Jardiniere Cache Pot Planter Vase Orig. 1900 For SaleMore LARGE photos below description ...Please scroll down ...Museum Quality Original Circa 1900 HUGE Very Large Art Nouveau 4-handled Ceramic Cache Pot Jardiniere (flower pot cover ) by Master Architect Hector Guimard. (Designer of the Paris Metro Entrances) This Design is Featured on Page 184 of the recent book "Hector Guimard, Architect~Designer 1887-1942" by Georges Vigne (I've included the page from the book in the photos) In the book, it explains that this particular item was commissioned on February 16,1900--stating: "Planning for the upcoming World's Fair, the Directors of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts commissioned Guimard to create 2 prototypes for vases for the workshops of the Manufacture de Sevres, for which he was paid 460 francs." This design was named "Vase de Chalmont" - The book specifies that it is actually a "flowerpot cover" based on a model from Castel Berenger (Guimard's Famous Architectural Masterpiece, an Apartment building in Paris, for which he designed many furnishings , hardware, etc. in addition to the Building and appointments) A "flowerpot cover" means that one would insert a flowerpot into it, such as a large cymofferium orchid, etc. Edmond Lachenal produced this design by Guimard a few years later and Guimard showed it at the 1904 Salon d'Automne. ...The one photographed in the book is an edition by "Fives-Lille", which the book explains was also produced -probably so that the ceramic producer Coilliot could market it. The bottom bears the impressed mark of Gustave de Bruyn "Fives-Lille" logo and some impressed numbers(1380...And 1)...plus an hand painted "X"A 2005 Sotheby's Paris Catalog illustrates a Cache Pot of the same design (in a slightly larger size) in their sale called "Collection de céramiques françaises, verreries, tableaux, documentations, provenant de la Villa Clara Schumann" -- Sale: PF5025 sale Date Fri, 16 Dec 05 10:30 AM (LOT 191)...on the Catalog page, it was estimated to sell between 3,000-5,000 Euros ( $3,937-$6561 at today's exchange rate)...I've attached a copy of the illustrated catalog page.(last photo) The 4 handles are very organic and biomorphic looking --as if they are a part of an Exotic Natural World. Tendrils emerging and seemingly "alive" with motion (as is typical of Guimard's best work)...One will discover several delightful and unexpected design elements upon examining this piece. Each of the 4 handles is slightly different in design, with asymmetrical elements and unexpected whiplashes to one side and not the other... These were made in various sizes,.. this particular one is one of the larger sizes, measuring: about 11" tall by 16" at the widest part of the handles....In very good condition---the glaze is very shiny---there is a thin metallic gold over-lining to accentuate some of the curves and whiplash (some age-relatedwearto the gold paint)....There is of course desirable age-crackling to the glaze, and some minor meandering crackle lines in the glaze here and there...(not actual "cracks" effecting the ceramic body)The Ceramic has a graduated olive green glaze on the outside and a light turquoise colored glaze on the inside...Heavy, Solid and Impressive... Thereisno damageto the ceramic body..no repairs,onlya fewtiny rough spots...or flea biteson the underside bottom rim whichare so minor as to not really warrant a mention, but I've announced it anyways for good measureIf you have been looking for a magnificent Example of the Art Nouveau Movement or searching to acquire a Museum-Worthy example of Guimard's Work to add to your Collection--your moment has arrived ! A fine example of the Arts and Crafts of the Victorian Gay 90s (1890s) Art Noveau style . This item will be professionally packed for Safe Transport --the buyer will pay the shipper directly and separately for packing and shipping Costs. Biography of Hector Guimard: Born in Lyon in 1867, Hector Guimard was an important French architect, interior designer and designer of Art Nouveau Furniture and Objects. Hector Guimard studied from 1882 to 1885 at the École Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and then in 1889 at the École des Beaux-Arts. He subsequently traveled through Belgium and England. In Brussels Guimard saw the buildings only recently designed by the Belgian designer Victor Horta, whose Designs would exert a lasting influence on his own work. Hector Guimard's first project was to design the interior of the "Au Grand Neptune" restaurant in Paris. This was followed by several commissions for private dwellings in Paris and environs. His most important work and masterpiece was the Paris dwelling Castel Béranger, 60 rue La Fontaine (1894-1897). His best-known works are likely to be the entrances to the Paris Métro, which was completed just in time for the 1900 World Exposition. This inner-city marvel of technological progress is framed by ornamental, organic natural forms. By 1903 Hector Guimard had designed numerous Métro entrances in the Art Nouveau style, featuring wrought iron, bronze and glass, of which eighty-six have survived to the present day. Hector Guimard is regarded as the leading exponent of the Art Nouveau style, which is often called the "Style Guimard" in France. The creation of Castel Béranger is documented in Hector Guimard's portfolio "L'art dans l'Habitation Moderne" (1898) with designs and photographs of his works. Advocating the unity of Architecture and Interiors, Guimard conceived his buildings as total works of art. Hector Guimard's concept of design excluded no element of daily living. No detail was unimportant to him. Hector Guimard did not produce his first standardized furniture designs for mass production until 1920. However, with the rise of the Art Deco style Guimard's designs went out of fashion. In 1938 Hector Guimard emigrated to New York, where he died in
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