Mask of the bearded Chinese by Jean-Joseph Carriès
Our sculpture is part of the series of « masks » created and produced by Jean-Joseph Carriès towards the end of his career, between 1888 and 1894. It comes from the collection of Yves Plantin, founder of the Galerie du Luxembourg in 1967, specialized in Hector Guimard works and which significantly contributed to his rediscovery.
This mask depicts a bearded man with an expression both jovial and worrying. His eyes are pleated; the patina particularly accentuates the expressions wrinkles of his face.
Arsène Alexandre, in his book Jean Carriès figurines and pottery, study of a work and a life of 1894 identified several types of masks corresponding to our: laughing mask, bearded old man smiling mask, bearded man etc. The model of the laughing mask or the Chinese man, which our sculpture is one of the variants, is among those who are closest to the Japanese art