Code 316-64A Pair of Deep Blue Antique Barbotine Vases from France, Jean Pointu
Jean-Marie Pointu was one of a few who fabricated, designed and painted French barbotine in gros relief (large or high relief), particularly floral and foliate relief in the Impressionist style. The forms and their decoration are of an extreme variety. The time and work to finish one realistic flower, let alone several, was arduous, painstaking, and required extremely fine artistic talent. The Kaolin clay was manipulated to a paper thin fineness, formed into layers of floral petals and leaves, colored and sometimes fired before applying more colors, applied to a vessel , glazed and fired. During the firing, months of work could be ruined if one was not using the utmost caution. The process would then need to start over.
The high relief flowers on these vases are depicted in stages from buds to completely open flowers, almost past their prime—a technique extremely difficult to accomplish with wet clay. They date to the late 1800s.
CONDITION: Very good antique condition; Very minor chips to edges and losses to glaze.
H=18, Max Width=9.5, Max Depth=10.5