This wonderful vase dates to the early 20th C. Inscribed with "FRANCE" and "Primavera" on the bottom, the piece exudes a springtime feel. The twist on the traditional European theme is that this occurs underwater in a modern style. Long blue fish and one short angler looking fish lurk at the bottom of an ocean grotto. Coral polyps and other brown colored sea plants sway in the waters against a beige background. The influences of the East as well as Cubism's obsession with geometric patterns are clearly seen in this piece. Such is fitting for a gem from the Art Deco period. The top of the vase is rather flat, matching the brown of the sea plants below. This gives way to a cylinder of beige and brown, which pulls everything together. A delight to the eyes, this would make a fine addition to any 20th C. French art collection.
H: 13 in. D: 11 in.