REVERNAY; GUSTAVE KELLER
Glazed stoneware jug with bronze and pewter mount, France, 1896; Incised Revernay 1896, mount etched G. KELLER PARIS; 9 1/2" x 7 1/2"; Provenance: Collection of Jerome Shaw, Florida
Sale Price: $625
Estimate: $700 - $900
Minor pitting to bronze and pewter. Overall excellent condition.
The Revernay pottery, a small firm situated in a town of the same name in Burgundy in Southeastern France, was established in 1897, the very year this ceramic was made. The pottery worked under the influence Jean Carriès and his followers, as can be seen in the matt-glazed vase which is the core of this object. In turn, Carriès’ inspiration had been Japanese pottery, where a muted palette of ash glazes predominated and glazes were poured on quite freely, encouraging accidental effects. A half century later, after World War II, such ideas were rampant in the world of pottery, but at the turn of the century they were quite revolutionary.
The energetic rhythm of the pewter and gilt bronze mounting on this vessel, and on many other Revernay ceramics, transforms it from an orientalizing object of meditation into an elegant Art Nouveau ewer. Curiously, the maker of the mounts on most of the Revernay ceramics is not known but, in this case, the mount is signed by Gustav Keller, a noted Parisian metalsmith whose work was displayed with great success at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900.
Dr. Martin Eidelberg