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A Flambé-Glazed Pottery and Ormolu Mounted Ewer

By Alphonse Adolphe Lamarre and Charles Louchet, circa 1898

Inscribed on the mount Louchet

10 ½ in (26.7 cm) high
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This stylistic ewer demonstrates the transformation that was taking place in the late 19th century towards the more progressive and fluid Art Nouveau style. The ceramic artist Alphonse Adolphe Lamarre (1837-1922) was the chief designer at the Pillivuyt Porcelain Manufactory from 1880 in Paris. Lamarre was followed by his son Georges François Lamarre (1867-1944). The firm was awarded a Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle both in 1889 and 1900.

Louchet Frères of Paris was a well-recognised firm during the late 19th century. It exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893 and received nationwide acclaim. It was featured in an article in the New York Times on 2nd July 1893 which stated: 'There is no finer or more magnificent single exhibit at Chicago than one in the Paris section of manufacturers, which attracts universal attention. This is the display of Louchet Brothers of Paris, makers of porcelain, bronze, and enamel art objects. The products of this firm unquestionably represent in design, workmanship, and finish the highest achievement in decorative art. The combination of rich gold and superbly decorated china found in the Louchet ware certainly represents high art. No more elaborate and splendid effects are to be found at the exposition, and the collection is one which lovers of fine art objects should not miss seeing.'

An identical example of a pottery and ormolu-mounted ewer by Louchet Frères is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and a vase by Lamarre and Louchet is in the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.