Heart Transplant
Heart Transplant
Heart Transplant
Heart Transplant

Purely decorative, this lovely vase demonstrates Lachenal’s ingenious application of sculptural solutions to functional aspects of vessel design. A branching handle, winding from crooked neck to lower body, suggests a vine emerging from the stem of a gourd. Typical of Lachenal’s shift from naturalism to stylization around 1900, this finely proportioned vase evokes plant forms rather than explicitly depicting them. Moreover, these vegetal elements never dominate the conventionally jar-shaped body, resulting in an understated expression of art nouveau style. The rich flambé glaze emulates Chinese copper-oxide reduction glazes popularized by Ernest Chaplet and the Sèvres Manufactory after 1890. Marks: painted Lachenal, 120, 129

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