E. SOTTSASS | MESSALINE

E. SOTTSASS | MESSALINE

Designer

Ettore Sottsass

Manufacturer

Sèvres

Circa

1994

Description

In 1993, Ettore Sottsass came to discover how porcelain was made at the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres. He created a series of fourteen exclusive vases, each bearing the name of a famous woman of character. The collection was exhibited in 1994 during the retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

In 1996, a white and gold table centerpiece was added to the collection, followed by five new pieces that were co-edited with Galerie Ernest Mourmans in 2005. The imaginary constructions of this collection of forms each embody the precious know-how inherited from the 18th century and display the wealth of both ‘grand feu’ and ‘petit feu’ (high and low fire) colors. Sottsass created a palette to reflect his inspiration, such as the orange-red that now bears his name and which has joined the range of colors employed at the Cité de la Céramique.

This piece, entitled Messaline, is part of the 1994 series and is made up of low-fire colored cylinders with a large Sèvres blue bowl inside. It is presented in such a way that our eye is immediately drawn into its blue depths. Valeria Messalina (25-48 AD) was the third wife of the Roman emperor Claudius and mother to Britannicus. Her scandalous and exceedingly licentious behavior finally led to her downfall. Like all the other works in this series, which pay tribute to the technique of pottery throwing, the different elements of this vase/bowl are thrown before being invisibly assembled in the montage-ciselure (assembly and chasing) workshop.

Materials

Unique porcelain elaborated at Sèvres in 1882, Fired at 1280° C

Dimensions

Ø 15 x H 13.3 in
Ø 38 x H 33.7 cm

Lead Time

Upon Request

Price

Sold.

E. SOTTSASS | MESSALINE
Sèvres

Sèvres

A bearer of the French cultural heritage, Sèvres has been carrying forward its legacy of artistry and craftsmanship for over three centuries now.
Sèvres was founded in 1740 just outside of Paris, and operated there until, in 1756, Madame de Pompadour – legendary patron of the arts, and official mistress to the King of France – convinced Louis XV to bring the finest ceramicists of France closer to Versailles. The historic landmark of the Royal Porcelain Manufacture was built in Sèvres right next to the Court, where the master-ceramicists still work today. Now catering to an international clientele, the workshops have long produced the porcelain and sculptural works for the King’s Court. 
Since its inception, Sèvres has built a significant portfolio of museum pieces and ceramic sculptures acquired by international private and institutional collections, and has been involved since the outset in collaborations with such luminaries such as Auguste Rodin, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann in the 1920’s, Alexander Calder and Serge Poliakoff in the 1950s and 1960s, and Louise Bourgeois, Pierre Alechinsky, Zao Wou-ki, and Fabrice Hyber. Collaborations with Modern and Contemporary artists include Yayoi Kusama, Etorre Sottsass, Bertrand Lavier, Pierre Soulages, José Levy, Christian Biecher, Pierre Charpin, Michele De Lucchi, Barthélémy Toguo, and Andrea Branzi.
Since 2014, Sevres has unveiled several of their more recent artistic collaborations at Les Ateliers Courbet, including the collections of Dutch Design luminaries Aldo Bakker, and Scholten & Baijings. Les Ateliers Courbet opens the gates of the manufacture to the United States, presenting a rotating selection of works and ongoing access to the French workshops for private commissions and re-edition orders.

Sèvres COLLECTION

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