Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection, Purchase, 2011 Benefit Fund, 2013
Not on view
This vase is an extraordinary feat of Art Nouveau ceramics by the French architect Hector Guimard, who designed the iconic Paris Métro entrances. Monumental in scale, the vase des binelles has an architectural presence and a strong organic form, and its curvilinear handles are evocative of the ornate cast-iron elements of Guimard's buildings. The specialized crystalline glaze, developed at the end of the nineteenth century, features iridescent crystal particles that create a sparkling effect. Only five examples of this model were made.
Dr. Ludwig Vell, Zurich (until 1994; sold on May 31, 1994 to Ellison); Robert A. Ellison Jr., New York (1994–2013; his sale 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.
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Maurice Rheims. Hector Guimard. New York, 1982, p. 219.
Philippe Thiébaut, ed. Guimard. Paris, 1993, p. 264.
Paul Greenhalgh, ed. Art Nouveau, 1890-1914. Exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2000, p. 200.
Jason T. Busch and Catherine L. Futter. Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851–1939. Exh. cat., Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Mo. Pittsburgh, 2012, p. 199.