Frog Cluster
Frog Cluster
Frog Cluster
Frog Cluster
Frog Cluster
Frog Cluster
Frog Cluster

Three realistically sculpted and glazed frogs meet belly to belly to form a vase with three openings for flower stems. Frogs were popular creatures in the world of Japanese woodblock prints, European nature studies, fairy tales, and late 19th century French ceramics. Whether this piece represents a mating ball or three would-be princes, it remains a fascinating example of Lachenal's mastery of his materials. Marks: inscribed Lachenal INVT, 1893

About Edmond Lachenal

When Théodore Deck hired 15-year-old Edmond Lachenal as his studio assistant, he could hardly have predicted that the boy would become an internationally respected master, always willing to try something new. Lachenal's early work resembled Deck's but he gradually achieved artistic independence and personal fame. Working in stoneware, he used a hydrofluoric acid bath to cut away the glaze's outer layer revealing the velvety matte surface beneath. As tastes changed, he briefly abandoned applied decorations in favor of organic forms. [Source: Jason Jacques]

1855-1948