Magnificent jasper vase with dragon decorations made by the earthenware factory Collinot & Cie based in Boulogne, circa 1870.
While Eugène-Victor Collinot was considered one of the best ceramists of his time along with Théodore Deck, few large pieces have come down to us. Yet it was these large vases that made up his much praised stands at the Paris and Vienna exhibitions. On one of the few preserved engravings depicting his Persian pavilion at the World's Fair in Vienna in 1873, we think we can guess the silhouette of the piece presented here.
This vase is all the rarer because it is made in a technique that is not the one for which Collinot is famous. The inventor of relief enamels encircled on earthenware uses here a relief decoration under transparent coloured enamel that he masters to perfection.