Nationality & Life Dates:
(French, 1823–1891), Paris
9 7/8 x 11 x 3 1/2 inches
Gift of John and Mary Ann Busby, in honor of Micheline Gerson and the memory of her parents.
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Joseph-Théodore Deck was a pioneering studio potter who spent most of his life making art wares around Paris. When Commodore Matthew Perry opened Japan to Western trade in 1853, an interest in Japanese aesthetic took hold; Deck’s pottery was among the most celebrated in the French-Japanese taste of the 1860s to 1880s. He became well known for his beautiful turquoise glaze, seen on the interior of this vase. The realistically rendered, asymmetrical decorations and form based on a Japanese water jug associate this Deck vase with the Japanese style seen in work by Edward C. Moore at Tiffany and Company, Herter Brothers furniture, and Ott and Brewer art porcelains. It is believed that this vase was purchased from Deck’s display at Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889.