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Alexandre Bigot "Grès Flammé" Glazed Ceramic Planter


This Art Nouveau architectural element by ceramic artist Alexandre Bigot serves as an elegant and versatile planter. With its subtle "grès flammé" or "flamed sandstone," glaze, it is equally at home in an indoor alcove, planted with serene orchids, or situated on a terrace or garden's edge, overflowing with white petunias and bright green trailing vines.


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Item #: C-10910
Artist: Alexandre Bigot
Circa: 1898
Dimensions: 13.5" height, 23.25" width, 11.5" depth
Materials: Ceramic

Alexandre Bigot had embarked upon a promising career in physics and chemistry, but was captivated by the displays of Chinese porcelains at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, and abandoned his profession to dedicate himself to the art of ceramics. His doctoral thesis degree in chemistry helped him create a variety of matte glazes with novel effects, such as metallic luster and crystalline surfaces. By 1900, growing in skill and confidence, he had participated in Siegfried Bing's inaugural exhibition at La Maison de l'Art Nouveau, and had won a grand prize at the turn-of-the-century Exposition Universelle.