Emile Grittel began his career as a sculptor and bronzier in the workshops of elite Parisian decorator Georges Hoentschel. In 1895, Hoentschel put Grittel in charge of the late Jean Carriès’s ceramics workshop. When Hoentschel’s preferences shifted to the more florid style that his clients had come to demand, Grittel complied but soon went into business for himself, creating Japonist ceramics in his home district of Clichy. Despite mutual feelings of betrayal, Grittel once again became Hoentschel’s primary supplier of ceramics, bronzes, furniture, boiseries, and ornaments and remained so until Hoentschel’s death in 1915. Grittel began showing ceramics and sculpture under his own name in 1914, one year before Hoentschel’s death. Between 1920 and 1939, Grittel participated in exhibitions on a regular basis, though World War II put an end to the demand for the luxury items he produced. He died in 1953 and is buried in Clichy.