Raoul Lachenal, ‘Reptilian Skin’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Reptilian Skin’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Reptilian Skin’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Reptilian Skin’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Reptilian Skin’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Reptilian Skin’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery

This extraordinary vase calls to mind some sort of exotic reptilian creature with glistening gold-tinged scales. The raised, spine-like protrusions running vertically along the length of the ovoid form are like impressive dorsal crests running from head to tail. Marks: inscribed Raoul Lachenal, Unique

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