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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet

Stone fragment of a door post for an ancient abbey, 15th century, also known as the soul of old stones

(Paris, 1867- Nice, 1938)
Salt-glazed stoneware made by Janin and Guérineau in Paris
0,55 x 0,35 m

The sculptor Emile Derré was born in Montmartre. An anarchist and Dreyfusard, he is best known today for his decoration on Parisian façades. This stoneware tile produced by a company specialising in architectural ceramics is an example of the artists’ early work.

This model (or single version, no stone version having been found) was exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in 1895 with the title Stone fragment of a door pillar for an ancient abbey, 15th century, marking his admiration for the art of the Middle Ages. When it was exhibited again at the Universal Exhibition in 1900, it bore the Symbolist title, The soul of old stones.
The material, shape, plastic treatment and initial title hark back to the unfinished masterpiece by Jean Carriès, the Monumental Door, enamelled stoneware fragments of which were exhibited as a posthumous tribute at the National Fine Art Salon in the spring of 1895. The figure of the old beggar woman is in the miserabilist naturalist vein of the late 19th century, a trend which is well represented in the City of Paris collections. The Petit Palais already owns a work by Derré in the form of a monumental vase from the Sèvres factory acquired in 1931.

Marks Inscriptions Hall-marks: 
Signed and dated bottom left: DERRE / 1895 – Studio stamp on the back: A. JANIN & GUERINEAU / 172 avenue de Choisy / PARIS
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPS03785
Acquisition details : Acquired on the Paris art market in 2009
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