Peacock vase

A 2ft 8in (84cm) vase formed of three standing peacocks, €30,000 (£26,100) at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr. 

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The sale of Collectibles and Curiosities held by Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr in Brussels on November 6 opened with 22 lots by the Massier family of Vallauris.

Some of the prices were thought to be records for the French factory.

The brothers Delphin and Clément Massier - later joined in the family business by cousin Jerome Massier - are known for their colourful earthenwares that married together traditional Victorian majolica and the Art Nouveau.

Clément Massier (1845-1917) who opened a salon in Paris at the turn of the century selling lustre wares, is certainly the best known of the trio. However, particularly sought after in this selection, were a series of large naturalistically modelled pieces signed for Delphin Massier (1836-1907). Some of these forms were those pictured in the 1908 trade catalogue Poterie d’Art, Delphin Massier & Cie, Cabinet d’échantillons and shown at international exhibitions of the time.

These included a 2ft 8in (84cm) vase formed of three standing peacocks that, guided at €2000-3000 (pictured top) sold at €30,000 (£26,100) plus buyer’s premium.

Mark to the base

A detail of the hand painted mark of Delphin Massier.

Guided at €4000-6000, but sold at €26,000 (£22,600) was an iris pattern jardiniere on a 3ft 11in (1.18m) peacock stand, while a similar thistle pattern jardiniere on a stand formed by a flamingo took €14,000 (£12,100).

Flamingo jardiniere

A thistle pattern jardiniere on a stand formed by a flamingo, €14,000 (£12,100) at at Bonhams Cornette de Saint Cyr.

Some of the previous highest prices for Delphin Massier wares were posted by Doyle New York as part of the Joan Stacke Graham majolica collection in 2021. Then a 20in version of the famous grasshopper vase (made in four sizes c.21890) sold at $16,000 while a large 20in version of a butterfly form jardinière took $20,000.