Gourd-form Vase

French (Sèvres)
Made by Taxile Doat (French, 1851–1938)


9 x 4 1/2 in. (22.9 x 11.4 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with celadon and crystalline grand feu glazes

Not On View





This vase is signed by Taxile Doat, a pioneering ceramic artist who worked in Sèvres, southwest of Paris, from the 1870s, and later in Saint Louis, Missouri from 1909 until 1914. Doat’s fascination with Japanese pottery led him to create novel shapes and experiment with glazing techniques, such as the thickly applied green celadon glaze that drips down the body of this vessel. This gourd-shape vase, inspired by vegetable-shaped Japanese sake bottles and other Asian ceramics, reveals nature in its endless variety, complete with rough textures and irregular, overripe forms.


Signed and dated in red glaze on underside of base: "DOAT/ 1899/ Sevres"


Historical Design by 1998; Claire Cass, Chicago; Jason Jacque Inc., since 2005.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a Gift from the Estate of Evelyn E. Bromley, by exchange, Joseph Holtzman, and the European Decorative Arts Deaccession Fund