This extraordinary vase, made by the Rozenburg factory in Holland, epitomizes the reasons Rozenburg is considered the most exquisite of all Art Nouveau porcelain: a daringly drawn-out shape, impossibly thin body, and extraordinary naturalistic painting. Using a bone-china recipe developed in the 1890s, the factory slip-cast the delicate vessels in a revolving mold in which liquid clay was spun outward by centrifugal force. The process allowed for the handles of vases and spouts of teapots to be formed as one piece with the body rather than being cast separately and added on later. As seen in this rare large example, the resulting forms were attenuated, eccentric, and flamboyant.


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Artist
Decorated by H. G. A. Huyvenaar, Dutch, active 1899–1912
Manufacturer
Manufactured by Rozenburg Den Haag, Dutch, active 1883–1917
Title
Vase
Date
1903
Medium
Eggshell porcelain
Dimensions
16 1/4 × 5 1/4 × 5 1/4 in. (41.3 × 13.3 × 13.3 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the Decorative Arts Endowment, the Museum Collectors, Mary Anne Phillips in honor of Mrs. Martha Holloman Porus, Cecil and Sharon Griffin, and by exchange, Mrs. W. B. Sharp, Miss Annette Finnigan, and the D'Oyley Art Gallery

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2010.1500
Classification
Ceramics
Provenance

[Proportio Divina, The Netherlands, 2010]; purchased by MFAH, 2010.