Cachepot by Félix Optat Milet called Optat MILET (1838-1911) et Émile DIFFLOTH (1856 – 1933) at Sèvres
Enamelled faience, signed ‘O. MILET Sèvres’ , ‘DIFFLOTH’, numbered ‘496’, late XIXth century. H. 30 cm. – D. 50,5 cm. – D. of the foot 21,5 cm
Stand by Viardot. H. 64,5 – D. 48 cm.
Large cachepot by Milet, painted by Diffloth, presenting a European decoration on the paunch covered with dead leaves. The lip of the river borrows from China with its ruyi patterns whose enamels colours also recall the pottery of the Far East.
Optat Milet in Sèvres
From 1862 to 1879, Optat Milet worked at the Manufacture de Sèvres as a modeler, then as a decorator. In 1866, he founded his own ceramic workshop rue Troyon in Sèvres. He also associated with Clément Massier, from 1878 to 1880. In 1890, his son, Paul Milet, took the workshop on rue Troyon.
Félix-Optat Milet, comes from a family of ceramists who wove very early links with the national manufacture of Sèvres. He himself entered as a pupil in 1855, then from 1862 as a terracotta modeler. He resigned in October 1879 to devote himself fully to the art ceramics factory he had founded, 8 rue Troyon.
Optat Milet used to sell his production directly in his factory, along the Seine at Sèvres, but also in a store he owned in Paris, 36, avenue de l’Opera. He also offered pieces from the Massiers who, in exchange, sold his ceramics in the South.
From the beginning of the Optat Milet company, Adrien Dubouché, at the head of the Limoges Museum, notices the chemist side of the artist.
By the technique, Optat Milet affirms his multiple influences. Thus, the neck of the vase is adorned with a frieze of cloisonné patterns marked by the influence of the Far East (in their ruyi shape and in their chromatic scale) whose style contrasts with the naturalistic ramifications lining the belly of the slip pot or embossed in the dough, under orange cover.
Emile Diffloth (1856 – 1933)
Emile Diffloth is one of the collaborators of Optat Milet. He is the decorator of the flowerpot.
A great technician and chemist, this ceramist worked a lot on glazes and, as an innovation, managed to create iridescent crystallized covers imitating glasses and antique pottery discovered during excavations.
The vase is presented on its stand carved with chinese patterns and resting on four curved feet terminated by claws. This is a work of Gabriel VIARDOT (Paris, 1830-1906).