An intimate tangle of three tumbling cherubs seems to fall straight upward in a violet haz...
An intimate tangle of three tumbling cherubs seems to fall straight upward in a violet haze--creating a composition that perfectly compliments the form of this diamond-shape earthenware dish. A pink wrap arcs casually around the threesome framed by a brilliant orange yellow rim.
The entire surface of this earthenware pin tray is enlivened by quick brushstrokes, depicting a scene in a manner that recalls the sensually playful style of French eighteenth century art.
|Mark:||Impressed WEDGWOOD; E. Lessore Signature|
|Dimensions:||Length 5 1/8 in.; width 4 in.|
Frenchman Emile Lessore who worked for Wedgwood on and off from 1858 to 1875, came to the...
Frenchman Emile Lessore who worked for Wedgwood on and off from 1858 to 1875, came to the pottery after studies under Ingres and work at Sevres. While providing a significant bridge between Wedgwood decoration and the French fine arts tradition, his style relates to the more casual side of eighteenth century Rococo painters than to the formal approach of nineteenth century Neoclassicism. The frequent appearance of his signature--not a common practice among Wedgwood decorators--attests to his high status among Wedgwood artists.
While Lessore was fairly prolific over a number of years, the small size of this pin tray certainly confers a degree of rarity.