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Ernest Bussière "Gourd" Ceramic Vase


This French Art Nouveau "Gourd" ceramic vase was designed by Ernest Bussière, and produced by Keller et Guérin. The vase, which features a rounded body and narrow, elongated neck, is decorated with stylized high-relief berries in charming clusters on the gourd form. Coloring the piece is a beautiful, mixed field of green and purple enameled glazes.

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Item #: C-1673
Artist: Ernest Bussière, Keller et Guérin
Circa: 1903
Dimensions: 11" height, 4.5" diameter 
Materials: Ceramic
Signed: "K.G. Lunéville Bussière"
Literature/Exhibition History: Vase was shown at the Exposition de l'École de Nancy in Paris in 1903; see The Paris Salons 1895-1915, Vol. IV: Ceramics and Glass, by Alastair Duncan, Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors'' Club, 1998, p. 261

Most of Ernest Bussière's ceramic works were based on abstract plant forms, such as this vase, depicting a gourd. Made with a fine white earthenware clay, his ceramic pieces were glazed twice and fired at low temperatures, resulting in a thin "skin" of refracting pigments on top a velvety base.