The rich and lustrous surface of this vase is typical of the work of the French decorator Jacques Sicard, who worked for Weller Pottery from 1902 until 1907, when he returned to his native France. Sicard, who was trained by the French ceramist Clement Massier at Golf Juan, created iridescent surfaces on ceramic vessels in deep jewel tones using a method known only to himself and his assistant. Sicard worked in secrecy at Weller, and took his secrets with him when he returned to France. This prompted Weller to devise its own luster glaze, which it marketed successfully under the name of LaSa ware. LaSa does, indeed, have a luster surface but does not approach the richness and complexity of the surfaces of Sicard ware.
Sicard usually used motifs from nature in his decoration: stars, insects, and most frequently, lovely blossoms, all of which are completely overshadowed by the beauty of the colors and sheen of the lustrous surfaces.
Place object was created: Zanesville, OH
Measurements: height: 6.5 inches width: 5 inchesDaisy Wade Bridges Collection H1980.235.7
Currently on view at Mint Museum RANDOLPH