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Hector Guimard Large Glazed Ceramic Planter


An ocean of sinuous, sweeping lines frozen in motion, this large-scale ceramic Art Nouveau planter by Hector Guimard (executed by Gilardoni et Brault, Choisy-le-Roi), demonstrates in an arresting array of earthen greenish and purplish hues, and is sensational from every angle. The planter is constructed of a central component with two flanking portions in slightly reduced proportions, unified by the complex constellation of swirling lines and undulating surfaces that adorn the entire composition.


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Item #: C-19969
Artist: Designed by Hector Guimard, executed by Gilardoni et Brault, Choisy-le-Roi
Country: France
Circa: 1900s
Dimensions: 9.25" height, 26.25" width, 11.5" depth
Materials: Ceramic
Provenance: Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe, New York; Sotheby's New York, Important Art Nouveau from the Collection of Lloyd and Barbara Macklowe, December 2, 1995, lot 562; Marsha Miro, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Christie's New York, Masterpieces of Art Deco: The Marsha Miro Collection, December 9, 2014, lot 563; Acquired from the above by the present owner
Literature/Exhibition History: Similar planter featured in Philippe Guimard Thiébaut edition of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, Paris, 1992: model reproduced on pp. 258 and 262; Guimard, exh. cat., Musée d'Orsay, Paris, 1992, p. 262

A French architect and designer, Hector Guimard is perhaps best remembered today for the fabulous canopies and adornments that frame the earliest of the Paris metro stops. A master and champion of the Art Nouveau movement, the trained architect seemingly shakes loose of all artistic constraints in this dramatic and highly intriguing piece.