circa 1900 signed TDOAT Sevres height 5 1/4in (13.4cm)
Taxile Doat is regarded as one of the first highly accomplished studio potters and was celebrated for his high-fired porcelain and stoneware pieces. From 1877-1905, Doat was employed at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres where he was best known for his exceptional pâte-sur-pâte works. While at Sèvres, Doat was allowed to maintain a private workshop where he produced more experimental designs that still embodied the firm's aesthetic. In 1895, Doat took residence just outside the porcelain factory at 47 rue Brancas, where he made studio pieces of his own creation. These naturalistic objects reflected the current vogue for Japonisme. Doat's works created at his home were often of gourd form with warty surfaces and running glazes. The offered lot, in this style, includes all of those characteristics while also employing his masterful use of the pâte-sur-pâte technique. At the legendary Exhibition Universelle in Paris of 1900, Doat's works for Sèvres were displayed at the factory booth, while the ceramist stood at his own booth showing his artistic creations. It was this sort of rebellious spirit that ultitmately lead to his departure from the Sèvres factory, while also solidifying his place as a master in Design history.