Raoul Lachenal’s Molten Vase, named for its thick, irregular glaze, is highly textural in its surface quality. The dark, purple-red glaze that covers most of the vase’s body exposes large areas of an underlying black glaze, and it dotted with spots of green oxidization. The highly textured surface combined with a color scheme of red and black gives the work its distinctly menacing quality.
Collection of Robert A. Ellison, Jr., New York.
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]