Hard-paste porcelain
Overall: 22 × 11 1/2 in. (55.88 × 29.21 cm)

In 1897 Alexandre Sandier was named director of artworks at the National Manufactory at Sèvres. He hired Alexis- Anatole Fournier and other students and created a “new art” of innovative shapes and novel decoration. Like other Art Nouveau artists at the turn of the 20th century, Sandier and the artists he hired turned to nature for inspiration, using organic shapes as well as decorations based on plants, flowers, and vegetables. The vases here (2016.229.1 and 2016.229.2) are a prime example of Art Nouveau ceramics. The total fusion of the organic shape and vegetal decoration was without precedent at Sèvres. Examples of this model were made for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. This world’s fair gave Sandier an important opportunity to showcase objects in the new spirit of Art Nouveau.

Marked (bottom)(with a triangular symbol): S06 [ie for: Sèvres 1906] Label on bottom of .1: 3852
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment
(similar example) World's Fair, Paris, 1900
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