Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery
Raoul Lachenal, ‘Serpentine Vase’, ca. 1904, Jason Jacques Gallery

Roughly potted, Lachenal’s hand built vase draws upon the somber aesthetic of Japanese stoneware tea bowls (chawan), whose irregular forms and unpretentious glazes inspired the previous generation of French art potters. Lachenal’s subtle yet inventive decorative taste is reflected in the carved and glaze-filled embellishment that snakes its way around the vessel’s entire body. Marked “unique,” indicating a one of a kind studio piece.

-Description by Claire Cass

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