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Clément MASSIER, Allegory of Dante, glazed ceramic dish with iridescent glaze


Diameter: 20'' ½  52cm

France, 1900

This ornamental dish entitled "Allegory of Dante" was created by Clément Massier around 1900.

Clément Massier trained under his father and one of his workers, Gaetano Gandolfi. He settled in Golfe-Juan, near Vallauris, with his brother Delphin, in 1883.

This plate with a symbolist design reveals his mastery of iridescent (or metallic luster) glazed ceramics, for which he was awarded a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. It features variations in blue, gray, and pink tones.

The silhouettes of Dante and Virgil, his guide in hell, barely stand out against a desolate landscape evoking hell as described by the author in his Divine Comedy.

The figures are on the edge of a precipice; they are likely standing before the frozen lake in which Lucifer is trapped, at the lowest point of hell.

The work is signed under the base; the inscription specifies that it was made in Golfe-Juan.

Clément Massier also created a plate in iridescent glazed earthenware depicting Dante contemplating the sea. Its iridescent decor in blue, pink, and purple tones also results in a depiction filled with mystery and poetry.

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