French ‘Japonisme’ Cloisonné Enamel, Gilt & Patinated Bronze Vase

Christofle et Cie, 1874

French ‘Japonisme’ Cloisonné Enamel, Gilt and Patinated Bronze Double Fish Form Vase, Christofle et Cie, 1874

designed by Emile Reiber (1826-1893), signed and dated in the bird form cartouche and with impressed number 878306 to foot
height 15.5 in — 39.4 cm

June 14, 2018

Estimate $50,000-$70,000

Realised: $204,000

‘Japonisme’ is a French term coined in the late 19th century to describe the craze for Japanese art and design in the West. The term is generally said to have been coined by the French critic Philippe Burty in the early 1870s. It described the craze for Japanese art and design that swept France and elsewhere after trade with Japan resumed in the 1850s, the country having been closed to the West since about 1600.

The rediscovery of Japanese art and design had an almost incalculable effect on Western art. The development of modern painting from impressionism on was profoundly affected by the flatness, brilliant colour, and high degree of stylisation, combined with realist subject matter, of Japanese woodcut prints. Design was similarly affected in as seen in the aesthetic movement and art nouveau.


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