The monumental Vase Bertin
by Sèvres was inspired by Chinese celadon ceramics. The white decoration, called pâte-sur-pâte
, however, was a new process. Layers of liquid clay were applied and carved to create the design of sea creatures and seaweed.
Shown at the Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1855
Jules-Constant Peyre, designer, French, act. ca. 1845–1870. Lèopold Jules Gèly, decorator,
French, act. 1851–1888. Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, manufacturer, France (Sèvres), 1756–present. Vase Bertin, ca. 1855. Glazed porcelain. 39 x 18 in. (99 x 45.8 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Darrell, Steven, Brian, and Neil Young in memory of their parents, Mardelle J. and Howard S. Young, 2007.277.