This impressive French Art Deco vessel stands a tall 13.25" by 8.5" in diameter. It has a killer Art Deco form. This vase was designed by French artists Marcel Guillard (1896-1932) and Andre Fau (1896-1982) for Swiss artist Willy Wuilleumier (1898-1983). Wuilleumier, a sculptor, commissioned Guillard and Fau to design a series of earthenware vessels in a Modern style, c1920s, in the heart of the Art Deco movement. The design of this vase was submitted to the International Exhibition of Decorative Arts, Paris, 1925. We have only found two other examples of this form online, one in a white crackle glaze, and the other gold crackle. There is a reference to a more subtle deco form by Fau and Guillard in a glaze much like this drippy lustrous glaze. It is glazed in a white ground with a pearlized pink random drip, accented with gold drips, and silver accents on the stepped portion of the vase, which has a green undertone, which we think was a base for firing the silver glaze, so it peeks through. This vase is marked 'France', and what appears to be 'Ricard'. Fau and Guillard marketed their wares through 'Editions Etling', and other companies that are unnamed in the references. We assume this was not sold via Editions Etling as we do not see their mark. We've looked at the base with a loupe, and while there appear to be stray markings, none are indentifiable to our eye. The glaze on the base is thick in spots, so perhaps it covers other marks. This vase measures the same heighth as the two online references, so we trust it is of the same ilk. This vase is earthenware and has a nice heft to it. It is in excellent condition with a very good restoration to a small clean hole in the lower side for wiring. It must have been used as a lamp for much of its life. There were a couple of very tiny, shallow surface nicks on the inner rim and three small surface chips on the stepped portion of the vase that were restored as well, so it presents beautifully. The restorations are very hard to find with the naked eye. This stunning vase dates to c1920s and is an awesome example of period French Art Deco ceramics.
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