The Orphaned Fawn


This lovely find from a fellow traveler: the blue lantern. According to the post, the identity of the creator of this exquisite ceramic fawn is not known which enhances its allure all the more.

What has been determined as factual is its place of origin: the Japanese island of Kyushu as the piece has been identified as “Imari.”

The fawn is housed at the Musee d’Ennery in Paris, part of a larger collection of Japanese and Chinese arts. The museum is nearly as fascinating in story as the works it hosts. Named after its founder, Clemence d’Ennery, a woman intent on adding a bit of sparkle to her salon and carried away by a great love for oriental art that was in style at the time, decided to make up a collection of chinese and japanese Art.

Visiting the famous antique shops Bing, Burty and Sichel, Mademoiselle also nosed about in the “grand magasin”Au Bon Marché and in small exotic boutiques. Gradually, in her luxurious residence on the Allée du Bois so typical of the Napoleon III era, she amassed an interesting collection exhibited in large wooden cupboards inlaid with mother-of-pearl. There is also talk of beautifully ornate trunks supposedly brought from Japan by an ancestor of Madame d’Ennery who discovered them in the family attic; adding to the mystery of the fawn.

Opened to the public on May 27, 1908, the Musée d’ Ennery is described thus: Decorative Arts of the Far East a magnificent collection of nearly 7000 objects gathered by Clémence d’Ennery in the last century, presented in its authentical baroque “Napoleon III” architectural context “Hotel”, and in its traditional french sense, names a private mansion in the city, with courtyard and garden, that was socially meant for giving receptions and parties.

I can imagine a day, maybe a fortnight, in this incredible place, gazing on this preciously beautiful creature.




~ by eaesthete on 07/10/09.

2 Responses to “The Orphaned Fawn”

  1. Although a flowered fawn is not exactly a realistic work of art, there is something true to life and very moving in the way this unknown artist captured a quiet moment. We look and believe in the reality of a fellow creature. Thank you.

  2. Jane,

    I completely agree. In truth, I am not normally attracted to pieces like this, but there is something so compellingly beautiful, innocent and quiet (your word) about this little fawn. I was drawn to it the moment I saw it and the fact that its creator is unknown simply adds to its uniqueness.

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