Primordial Vase
Primordial Vase
Primordial Vase
Primordial Vase
Primordial Vase

Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw,
And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw:
Rays that have wander’d into Darkness wide
Return and back into your Sun subside

By Farid ud-Din Attar

Utilizing the natural tendency of glaze to melt and drip, Lachenal has created a wonderfully organic decorative style in his Primordial Vase. There exist three distinct layers of glaze; against a grey and cream background, the artist has dripped first a layer of cream, and second a layer of bright blood-red. As the name of the work suggests, there is something primordially chaotic about the vase, in its morbid color scheme and the molten quality of its neck.

Patricia Monjaret and Marc Ducret, France

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

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