Gien glazed earthenware in all its glory

On 10 April 2019, by Philippe Dufour
Ulysse Bertrand (1851-1941), pair of cornet vases with the sea gods Neptune and Amphitrite, Gien holograph trademark, signed “U Bertrand”, unique pieces, h. 58, diam. 32 cm.
Result: €37,200

The two-day dispersal of Jean-Marie and Chantal Jacquet-Gaultier’s impressive Gien glazed earthenware collection made news in Saint-Herblain (western France). The pair of cornet vases decorated by Ulysse Bertrand triumphed on 7 April. A foreign collector could not resist the decoration – Neptune covering one vase, his wife Amphitrite the other – and bought them for €37,200. Then, a unique piece by the same painter – a flask in painted, enamelled ceramic featuring a mythological departure scene on one side, a scene from Charcot’s polar expedition (ca. 1900-1910) on the other – sold for €12,400. The famous Warwick jardinière, so-called because its décor depicts the British castle, changed hands for the same price. The piece was decorated by “J. Blu”, who signed it in 1872. Two one-off dishes by Armand Désiré Gautier fetched €5,456. One features a romantic lakeside scene, the other a bridge, made in impressionist slurry signed in the décor. In the late 19th century, decorative plaques – veritable paintings fit for framing – were also crafted in Gien. One, from around 1880, shows an elegant woman in a pink dress and a feathered hat. Decorated by the talented Jean Clair-Guyot, it fetched €4,960. On 8 April, a pair of polychrome enamelled plaques featuring a river scene painted with slurry, one-off pieces signed “À Gauthier”, achieved the lot’s highest bid, €14,880. Lastly, the Gien manufactory itself bought a pair of cornet vases featuring “Isfahan” enamel tracery, ca. 1880, for €2,100.

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