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Claudius Linossier Dinanderie Vase


This French Art Deco vase by Claudius Linossier was created using the difficult technique known as dinanderie, which involved decorating hand-raised copper vessels to produce subtle and beautiful colors. The spherical vase with geometric silver patina on a burnt umber ground features a frieze of inverted triangles and rectangles circling around the mouth of the vase.

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Item #: B-20532
Artist: Claudius Linossier
Country: France
Circa: 1930
Dimensions: 7.5" diameter, 6" height
Materials:  Copper, Silver
Signed: CL-Linossier

The inverted triangle motif was widely used by Linossier’s teacher Jean Dunand, yet both artists were ultimately inspired by the Byzantine geometric pattern. These patterns were most often found in the glass mosaics (opus grecanicum) and marble pavements (opus alexandrinum) of the Romanesque period of Byzantine art. These patterns were published in the widely consulted Grammar of Ornament by Owen Jones, even including the same red, black, silver, and brass colorway used by Linossier in his dinanderie and illustrative work.

Geometric byzantine mosaics underwent a revival in 12th century Italy under the Cosmati family of craftsmen. Their eponymous “Cosmatesque” ornament can be found in the most prominent churches of the High Renaissance, including the Sistine Chapel, Westminster Abbey, and the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican. As dinanderie was often used as an ecclesiastical form of art, such references were entirely appropriate and only add to the harmony of the piece.