Jérôme Massier (1830 - 1916)
NAME: Vase en faïence peinte
ENGLISH NAME: Painted Vase (similar to Delphin Massier)
SIGNATURE: Signed on the bottom
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The Jérôme Massier French Vallauris twin handled majolica vase was hand painted with Jérôme Massier with the Massier’s classic figures. It is elegant in shape with the potter sculpting them with rounded tapered body rising with an amphora style and funnel shaped neck. Elaborately painted with the Massier figures of chimeras and comically distorted figures, Jérôme included garlands with various winged figures. The vase is painted in colored enamels with a beautiful green tone.
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JérômeMassier (1830-1916) is a member of the Massier family, potters who date back to before the French Revolution and were key to reviving pottery in Vallauris, the center of ceramics in southern France. The family of potters began with Pierre Massier (1707-1748) then with Jacques Massier (1806-1871) who gave to the workshop a new lease of life. The Italian potter, Gondolfi Gaetano arrived in Vallauris in 1859 and introduced Delphin and his brother Clément (1844-1917) to numerous practices such as plaster molds and enameled earthenware decoration techniques. In 1899 the three leaders, Clément and Delphin, brothers and a cousin Jérôme, created three separate workshops and formed the core of the producers in Vallauris.
The Massiers, played a critical role in reviving the decorative arts and truly represent the wealth and character of the 19th century. Though their first realizations were taken from history and eclecticism, Delphin and Jérôme later devoted themselves to an Art Nouveau style production.