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Pierrefonds French Art Nouveau High-Shouldered Ceramic Vase with Organic, Dripping Blue Glazes (LEO Design)


Amongst my favorite trio of vases—in my LEO Design collection—is this set of three French Art Nouveau vessels, which I shall share over three days, made by Pierrefonds in the early Twentieth Century.  Classic forms of heavy ceramic stoneware are glazed with a steely blue-grey underglaze, then capped with an organic, dripping blend of blue glazes: cornflower, royal, cobalt blue.  The crisp, classical forms are juxtaposed against the random, uncontrolled embellishment—creating an artistic, dynamic tension.

This high-shouldered vase is a classic—even an ancient—form.  The dripping glazes pool and curdle within the eddies of the flat ridge encircling the neck.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248