Harmony

Émile Decoeur [attributed]

13.25" H x 10.5" W

C0100

1901

Description

Inventory Number C0100

Size 13.25" H x 10.5" W

Material Stoneware

Period Art Nouveau

Country of Origin France

Year Made 1901

A beautiful stoneware vase bearing Edmond Lachenal's mark but more likely the work of his pupil Émile Decoeur. Lachenal had begun producing simply glazed stonewares around 1900, whereas Decoeur seems to have concentrated on earthenware during most of his time at Lachenal's atelier. However, like many other ceramicists, Decoeur seems to have fallen under the spell of Jean Carriès mat-glazed stoneware, which was coming to be seen as an aesthetic alternative to porcelain and earthenware. Almost certainly, Decoeur created the stoneware pieces that bear both Lachenal's mark and his own monogram beneath. These are works distinguished by harmonious proportions, restrained linear rhythms, and arresting glazes. Although the present vase, which is one of a kind, lacks Decoeur's monogram, it possesses all these same qualities. Its stately, balanced form is graced with finely modeled handles, and a flowing reduction glaze offsets the rotund body with a vertical emphasis.

-Description by Claire Cass

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