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Ceramique 1900

Clément MASSIER (1845-1917) - France

The main character of a whole line of potters which started in 1707 with Pierre MASSIER. He stood as one of the main actors of iridescent ceramics, with metallic shimmers, also called "lustre". A technique which probably originated in Irak in the 19th century B.C. As young as 12 he carefully watched the work of one of his father’s employees named GANDOLFI GAETANO, who initiated the MASSIERS in the technique of enameled earthenware and whom he viewed as his master. He started his research on metallic lustre around 1886-1887 and his work was rewarded by a gold medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1889. In 1898 he presented fifteen pieces with metallic lustre at the Salon of the Society of French Artists. Very soon he called in famous fellow-workers among which Alexandre MUNROE (1825-1871) in 1860, OPTAT MILLET (1838-1914) in 1876 or Lucien LEVY-DHURMER (1865-1953) in 1885. Their themes were numerous and, far from a small work-shop, in 1897 his factory employed 65 workers. Clément MASSIER’s most famous iridescent pottery perfectly embodies the fascination and magic of fire.