Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, Purchase, 2011 Benefit Fund, 2013
Not on view
Massier specialized in pottery with a metallic iridescent glaze inspired by medieval Spanish lusterware. This bowl is the product of his collaboration with the Swiss Symbolist sculptor James Vibert. The iridescent effect of Massier's luster glaze works in harmony with the sculptural imagery, creating an otherworldly, sea-like environment for Vibert's water nymphs.
(sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, October 17, 1984, sold to Ellison); Robert A. Ellison Jr., New York (1984–2013; sold to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Making Pottery Art : The Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of French Ceramics," February 4, 2014–March 15, 2015, no catalogue.
Bernd Hakenjos and Ekkart Klinge Hetjens-Museum. Europäische Keramik der Jugendstils. Düsseldorf, 1974, p. 77.
Serge Gauthier and Tamara Préaud. Ceramics of the 20th Century. New York, 1982, p. 22.
Gabriele Fahr-Becker. Art Nouveau. Cologne, 1997, p. 99.