Hard-paste porcelain (pate dure nouvelle), polychrome enamels, gold
Overall: 23 1/8 × 15 13/16 in. (58.74 × 40.16 cm)
This rare vase, in the Art Deco style, is decorated with four panels of stylized nude figures within classical motifs. The striking blue, white, and gold surface decoration was conceived by Jean-Baptiste Gauvenet, a sculptor-modeler employed at Sèvres from 1908 to 1950. He created numerous forms of objects as well as ornamental decoration for ceramics. Gauvenet played a central role in the decoration, sculpture, and ornamentation of the Sèvres Manufactory Pavilion at the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, where this vase was on view.
Marked (inside vase, at top): S [Sèvres] 1924 DN [dure nouvelle], Manufacture Nationale RF [Republic Française] décoré à Sèvres 1924, Made in France, and (outside vase, on the base): G. invit (for Jean-Baptiste Gauvenet), CP. exit (for Charles Louis Emile Pihan)
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment
Exposition Internationale des Arts Dècoratifs et Industriels Modernes. Sèvres Pavilion, Paris, April-October, 1925;

Sèvres-Elégance du 20ème siècle. L’Exposition des Porcelaines de Sèvres du style Art Deco, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Tokyo, October 2 – December 19, 1993.
For objects by Gauvenet, see: Sevres: elegance du 20eme siecle, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 1993;

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