by Émile Decoeur (1876-1953)
France, circa 1920's/1930's

8 3/4" high; 5 3/8" wide

This mottled blue vase has gray undertones, multiple rings around the base and a black enameled rim and foot.

Orphaned as a child, Decoeur served as an apprentice to Edmond Lachenal between 1889-1902 before becoming a master potter at Sèvres. His early work was in the decorative organic tradition of French Art Nouveau. In 1907 he established his own Paris studio at Fontenay-aux-Roses and abandoned ornamental decoration in favor of refined shapes and sophisticated glazes. This later work is his most highly regarded, and he became an important ceramist during the Art Deco period. He produced stoneware and porcelain, including Chinese shaped ware. After 1927 he experimented with kaolin mixed glazes. Along with others he co-founded the Société des Artistes Décorateurs and exhibited regularly in Paris and at the 1925 Exposition in Paris. He again began working for Sèvres in 1939 and was named Conseiller Artistique at Sèvres between 1942-1948.

EDecoeur incised underneath.

$25,000 - Inv. #1191