Japanese Inspired Cache-Pot, Eugène Collinot, circa 1870, France 

This Japanese inspired cache-pot  is one of the perfect examples of the technique created by Eugène Collinot. The particularity of this work is the turquoise background, which allows the flowers, green leaves and figures of birds and butterflies to stand out from the composition. The motifs on the collar underline the work as a whole, while giving it a Persian touch. The originality of this vase lies in its curved shape, as if it were a blooming flower.

Like Theodore Deck, Eugène-Victor Collinot was considered one of the best ceramists of his time. Several of his great compositions appeared at the Paris and Vienna World Fairs. Eugène-Victor Collinot invented relief glazes surrounded by earthenware. Indeed, this technique consists in separating the various enamels by a line which one calls”ring”.

This high quality japanese inspired cache-pot bears witness to the new influences that came from the Far East and touched ceramists from the second half of the 19th century. The Collinot & Cie factory is part of this real race to monumentality which is visible at Universal Exhibitions and which pushes the material to the limits of its possibilities.

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