Rare Japanese, Hokusai, inspired elephant handled vase, by Amédée de Caranza for Jules Vieillard & Cie, of Bordeaux.
Rare Japanese, Hokusai, inspired elephant handled vase, by Amédée de Caranza for Jules Vieillard & Cie. On a blie geometric ground, with central Hokusai inspire and two elephant head handles. The design is illustrated in Jacqueline du Pasquier 2015 book "Vieillard & Cie, Histoire de la faïencerie fine de Bordeaux", plate 111, on page 142.
See also Bordeaux 1986, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, exhibition catalogue 'J. Vieillard & Cie. Eclectisme et Japonisme', edited by Jacqueline du Pasquier. A Hokusai plate is in the collection of the British Museum. French, circa 1880.
Jules Vieillard et Cie operated from 1823 to 1895 in Bordeaux, and were famed for producing some of the finest faience and enamels pieces of the day. Vieillard wanted to compete in quality and excellence with the then biggest earthenware makers such as Sarreguemines and Minton.
Amédée de Caranza ceramicist and glass maker who became chef d'atelier at Viellard & Cie between 1878 and 1882. Little is known of Caranza's early years, except that he was of Italian origin and born in Istanbul. In 1867 he was working in Paris with Léon Parvillée who specialised in Islamic-style ceramics, along with Théodore Deck and Eugène Collinot, who were both producing ceramics with relief enamelling. In 1885, Caranza fell out with the Vieillard brothers and left the factory; he devoted the rest of his career to making glass
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