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Jean Joseph Marie Carriès

Masque de rire (Laughing Mask)

Jean Joseph Marie Carriès

Jean Joseph Marie Carriès

Masque de rire (Laughing Mask)

Masque de rire (Laughing Mask)

Jean Joseph Marie Carriès

French

1855 - 1894

Masque de rire (Laughing Mask)


incised to the reverse with illegible inscriptions and the number: 228

painted earthenware

24cm., 9½in.

There appears to be a restored break running down the proper right hand side of the mask from the mount hole in the forehead down the side of the nose, through the proper right corner of the mouth, to the proper right side of the chin. There is a dark line running through the middle of the mask to the reverse; this probably corresponds to the aforementioned fracture. There are also dark lines to the reverse at the sides of the mask and at the top (these could represent restorations). There are some small areas of painted restoration to the front of the mask, including to the left of the nose (proper right side) and to the bridge of the nose. However, the restoration has been very well executed so that it is only slightly visible. There are some small fissures in the glaze including to the proper left side of the face which could possibly correspond to fractures (though nothing is visible to the reverse). Otherwise the condition of the ceramic is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age.


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This wonderfully expressive mask is by the French sculptor and ceramicist Jean Joseph Marie Carriès, who became celebrated for his remarkable portraits and grimacing heads which are inspired by Okina Masks or shikisanban used from the 15th century in traditional Japanese Noh plays. Another version of the Masque de rire was published by Patrice Bellanger in his exhibition dedicated to the sculptor, Jean-Joseph Carriès, exh. cat. Galerie Patrice Bellanger, Paris, pp. 83-84, no. 39. Arguably the sculptor's most famous work is his enchanting Sleeping Faun, of which there is a plaster version in the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (1885; inv. no. 1997.236).