The influence of Japanese stoneware on Georges Hoentschel, and a similar attention to form and medium, is clearly visible on his ceramic designs. The two-tone dappled surface, segmented body, and uneven rim of the cup give it a rustic, earth-hewn air. With this piece, its function and origin clearly evident, Hoentschel draws inspiration from both the form and subject-matter of Japanese pottery.
About Georges Hoentschel
Georges Hoentschel was an interior designer with an elite international following. He engaged sculptor Jean Carriès to create Japonist ceramics for his more advanced clients. Work done by Emile Grittel and others under Hoentschel's name was noted for gold glaze effects and the frequent use of metal mounts. Much of the inspiration was drawn from floral forms. Hoentschel's talent and taste were officially confirmed when he was commissioned to design and oversee the decoration of the pavilion of the Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. [Source: Jason Jacques]