Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction
Floral Abstraction

Volute-like plant forms that appear at the neck and waist of this tall vase suggest both classical and Japonist influences. By subjecting the glazed piece to carefully calibrated kiln temperatures, Decoeur achieved a gently flowing color scheme of gray, golds and blues. He began his ceramics career in 1890 as an apprentice to Edmond Lachenal and began to exhibit under his own name in 1902. Only during the final years of his apprenticeship was he permitted to mark pieces that were largely if not solely his creations with his monogram. Volute-like plant forms that appear at the neck and waist of this tall vase suggest both classical and Japonist influences. By subjecting the glazed piece to carefully calibrated kiln temperatures, Decoeur achieved a gently flowing color scheme of gray, golds and blues. He began his ceramics career in 1890 as an apprentice to Edmond Lachenal and began to exhibit under his own name in 1902. Only during the final years of his apprenticeship was he permitted to mark pieces that were largely if not solely his creations with his monogram.

Signature: Marks: Lachenal ; ED monogram; Modéle Originale; R. 16.129 [painted].

About Émile Decoeur

Émile Decoeur, who began his ceramics career in 1890 as an apprentice to Edmond Lachenal, began to exhibit under his own name in 1902. While his early work was in the organic, richly-sculpted style of Lachenal, as time passed his use of sculptural elements gradually diminished and he became interested in simple, well-balanced forms with rich flambé glazes. During the years 1907 and '08, he moved to a rural area and set up kilns that he would use for the rest of his career. He continued to refine his forms and calm his glazes until his finished pieces became remarkably pure. A palette of muted colors and carefully executed geometric patterns enhanced many of these subtle designs. [Source: Jason Jacques]

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