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Style Symbolism / Ref.13900

The sea, a work by Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat

Width: 29'' ⅞  76cm
Height: 23'' ⅝  60cm
Depth: 11'' ¾  30cm

19th century, French

Good condition

Very rare, our planter is the work of Adrien Dalpayrat, one of the greatest European ceramists of the late 19th century. It bears its mark, an exploded grenade, hollow under the base.

The style of this piece fully responds to the symbolist aesthetic of the Belle Epoque. Contemporary with La Vague by Camille Claudel, it precedes Debussy's symphonic sketches in 1905 (La Mer). Dalpayrat was renowned for his creations inspired by animal and natural forms of great originality, of chimerical and abundant invention.

His notoriety is also due to his exceptional mastery of flamed sandstone and the red color he uses, known as “Red Dalpayrat”. More than a simple vase, our planter is a sculptural composition in homage to the movements of the sea. The ceramist magnifies the swirl of the waves and the foam, which reveals a beautiful marine crab treated in high relief.

The marriage between the green and black colors of the ocean waves and the luminous red of the crab is of great virtuosity. Our planter formed the centerpiece of a fireplace surround, also containing two vases. One is in the Saint Louis Art Museum and the second is in a private collection.

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