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.
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).
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.