My Favorites from The Salon: Art + Design
Property from the Jason Jacques Collection
Condition Report: Observed under UV light with evidence;of restoration to a;portion of the upper neck, shallow missing flake to the foot, light crazing throughout, presents well.
Signature: Painted marks to underside: EDecoeur/ AC/ (stylized clover)/ X 3017
Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions
similar example pictured in Paul Arthur. "French Art Nouveau Ceramics: An Illustrated Dictionary" (Paris: Norma Editions, 2015), p. 44.
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]