Edouard Gilles owned and operated his atelier in Paris from 1868-1884. His shop or atelier was one of only a few of that period known for their exquisite artistry in creating large relief decoration barbotine. The work to finish one realistic flower, let alone several, was extremely involved and difficult to complete. The Kaolin clay was manipulated to a paper- thin fineness, formed into flowers, colored, applied to a vessel, glazed and fired. During the firing, months of work could be ruined. Few pieces remain intact today due to the fragility of the relief of decoration.
The flowers on this particular vessel go from buds to mature flowers. The ground color goes from the top being a dark greenish black to shades of pale green at the bottom. There are flat painted vines with flowers above the base. This piece has gilt bronze mounts in various motifs, including the upper rim, handles, and the four feet.
This barbotine vase with bronze mounts is stamped EG on a small raised plaque to the bottom with numbers and an initial, which is one of his artisans.
CONDITION: Good condition with minor rubs to edges of flowers. Some oxidation to bronze mounts in areas.
H=15 3/8, W=9 1/4, D=8 3/4
Circa 1880 Bronze Mounted Edouard Gilles Barbotine Vase from France