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Vase, Kürbis, ca. 1900
Taxile Doat
Vase, Kürbis,
Taxile Doat,

Vase, Kürbis,
ca. 1900

Taxile Doat
Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Ausstellungsstrasse 60
8031 Zurich
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Museum für Gestaltung Zürich
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 94
8031 Zurich
  • Kürbis Taxile Doat Vase
  • Kürbis Taxile Doat Vase
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The French ceramic artist Taxile Doat (1851–1938) is known for classic scenes featuring garlands and cherubs he created for the Sèvres porcelain manufactory, while his naturalistic pumpkin vase attests to the more experimental work he pursued in his own private ceramics studio

Under the sway of Japonisme, Taxile Doat turned his attention in the 1880s to new forms of ceramic art. This naturalistic vase in the shape of a gourd was inspired by Japanese stoneware. The artist has meticulously emulated each projecting rib and wart, modeling the stem as a short vase neck that bulges outward at the top and embedding the organic details in a glossy crystalline glaze. Doat soon made a name for himself with his successful ceramics studio, carrying out every step in the production process himself. He excelled at planning the workpiece on paper and then executing it using the pottery wheel and casting techniques before the complex firing process. Along the way, he experimented successfully with various clay and glaze formulas. He also did any painted decoration himself. Doat documented his findings in a textbook, which he published in 1905 after being appointed professor at the Art Academy and Porcelain Works in University City, Missouri. Doat worked at the state porcelain factory in Sèvres from 1877 to 1905, where he created elegant neoclassical pâte-sur-pâte pieces whose elaborate production technique called for the designer to devise a corresponding decorative scheme for the intricate relief ornament. Doat’s motifs were taken from classical mythology while in some cases alluding in an amusing way to the affairs of contemporary society. This was an ideal setting for the witty and imaginative Doat, and he soon became a master of “grand feu,” porcelain and stoneware fired at high temperatures. (Sabine Flaschberger)

Vase, Kürbis, um 1900
Entwurf/Ausführung: Taxile Doat
Material/Technik: Porzellan, glasiert
17.5 × 7 cm
Eigentum: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Taxile Doat/Samuel E. Robineau, Grand Feu Ceramics: A Practical Treatise on the Making of Fine Porcelain and Grès, Original 1909, print on demand.

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Vase, Kürbis, um 1900, Entwurf/Ausführung: Taxile Doat
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Vasen, um 1900, Entwurf/Ausführung: Emile Diffloth, Emil Decoeur, Taxile Doat
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK

Vase, 1900, Entwurf: Taxile Doat, Herstellung: Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres, FR
Abbildung: Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / ZHdK