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François-Rupert Carabin Ceramic Covered Jar


This lushly green ceramic covered jar, by François-Rupert Carabin, features the form of a nude female figure lovingly embracing a gourd shape that makes up the majority of the composition. The entirety of the composition is covered in a wonderfully natural shade of green glaze, suggesting the cheery female form is harmoniously at one with her vegetal companion.


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Item #: C-17485 
Artist: François-Rupert Carabin 
Circa: 1900 
Dimensions: 5.25" height, 5.5" diameter 
Materials: Ceramic 
Signed: Maker's mark of "R.C.," and numbered "95" 
Literature: Similar ceramic jar pictured in L'oeuvre de Rupert Carabin 1862-1932, by Colette Merklen, p. 228

The diminutive size of the female nude compared to the gourd she embraces suggests that she is of mythical or mystical quality, perhaps a nymphette or fairy, tending to and caring for her oversized garden.