Each column is topped with a vase decorated with flowers and reminds of the traditional majolica work found in the Mediterranean. Created by Delphin Massier (1836-1907) in the town of Vallauris, where his family had lived for generations, these pieces show an exuberance and a passion for the local flora and fauna. One column is flanked with a pink flamingo, the emblem of the marshes and ponds of the Camargue region. ; the round vase which tops the column is painted and sculpted to represent stems and flowers in lustrous colours. The seconc column is flanked by a heron is topped with a slightly more slender vase with similar decorations.
This set of columns were such a successful model that in Massier's posthumous product catalogue of 1908 they are offered in various sizes.
Flamingo height - 125 cm
Heron height - 129 cm