FRENCH ART DECO STONEWARE VASE

by Jean Besnard (1889-1958)
France, circa 1930's


7 7/8" high; 5 ½" wide

This cylindrical vase is glazed in red orange and incised with bands of vertical and horizontal cross-hatching with a thick red orange glaze on the neck.

Incised J B France.

Provenance:
Galerie Vallois, Paris
Collection of Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby's Paris, May 15, 2003, Lot #23.

Jean Besnard (1889-1958), a major figure of French ceramics during the inter-war period, was the son of noted painter Albert Besnard and sculptor Charlotte Dubray. He completed his apprenticeship in a workshop in Ivry first studying folk pottery in Savoy and specialized in folk-inspired vessels with distinct glazes. In 1922, Besnard designed his first pieces for Primavera for the design studio of the department store. His career then took off at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs in 1923 where he exhibited alongside more well-known ceramic artists of the time – Paul Beyer, Émile Decoeur, and Séraphin Soudbinine. Subsequently, he then participated in the Salon des Tuileries, Salon d'automne, and Salon des artistes décorateurs. At the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Besnard was awarded a silver medal for his pieces decorated with craquelée glaze of gold ribbons against a black ground. In 1927 and 1928, Besnard developed a white “crispe” grainy glaze (also called a lace glaze) for which he is well-known. He also produced wares with boldly molded or incised decoration with thick glazes. Besnard collaborated and designed pieces for many renowned designers of the Art Deco period, including Jacques Adnet, Ruhlmann and Dominique.

$25,000 - Inv. #192