Sèvres porcelain in the Japonist style, from 1880 - 1920
Oscar Humphries, London
Oscar Humphries is a specialist in design that overlaps with fine art I have been interested in the influence of Japan on European art and decorative art for many years bring a collection of Sèvres porcelain made between 1880-1915 in the Japonist style of museum quality to Collections.
After Japan opened up in the 1850’s there was in Europe, and elsewhere, a vogue for Japanese prints, ceramics and objects. This taste for Japanese aesthetics manifests in French culture most acutely - the impressionists were hugely influenced - particularly by the prints they saw and collected. Sèvres is the great French porcelain maker - founded in the 18th century and best known of this period - the objects combine - in various ways - French and Japanese tastes and styles.
The presented works are all unique, some were made for big exhibitions, sold by Sèvres or were simply glaze tests. All are signed Sèvres and sometimes by the artist who made them and all are dated. Together they describe a very interesting time in French decorative arts that comes just before Art Nouveau having influenced that later movement.