Henri Rapin
French, 1873 - 1939
Anne-Marie Fontaine
French , active 1928–38
Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, manufacturer
Tropiques (Tropics) covered jar, 1937

H. 22 1/2 x Dia. 15 in.

During the 1920s and 1930s, European and American porcelains became increasingly geometric and abstract in design. In contrast, this remarkable object has retained a traditional shape and recognizable subject matter. The ginger jar form derives from Asian sources, as does the glazing technique. The decoration—a tropical paradise with mountains, palm trees, sailboats, birds, and butterflies—suggests the canvases of the French painter Raoul Dufy. These colored designs, applied and fired separately, create a surface with great atmospheric richness and depth.