Raoul Lachenal, ‘First Impressions’, ca. 1901, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘First Impressions’, ca. 1901, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘First Impressions’, ca. 1901, Jason Jacques Gallery

Many of Raoul Lachenal's early ceramics are distinguished by their carved and modeled details; in this piece, however, rounded indentations create a modulated rhythm around the slanted shoulder. The beautiful reduction glaze with its thick pools and drips is similar in color and texture to contemporaneous stoneware glazes by Edmond Lachenal. The above example is one-of-a-kind, which indicates that Raoul Lachenal was a practicing studio potter while still making production pieces in his father's atelier. Marks: RL monogram; Lachenal unique [painted]

About Raoul Lachenal

The son of Edmond Lachenal, Raoul Lachenal worked in his father's studio until 1911, when he established a new workshop at Boulogne-sur-Seine. While some of Raoul's Art Nouveau ceramics resemble his father's organically formed and inventively glazed work, he was accomplished in his own right as a designer and artisan. After exhibiting his Art Nouveau stoneware for the first time at Paris salons in 1904, he adopted an additional decorative mode: incising geometrical designs on stoneware and filling the sections with vividly contrasting slips. Toward the end of his career, Lachenal added porcelain to his repertoire, using deep black and salmon pink as grounds for white ornamentation. [Source: Jason Jacques]

French, 1885-1956