FRENCH ART DECO CERAMIC LAMP BASE

by Jean Besnard (1889-1956) for Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
France, circa 1923


Base: 12 3/8" high; 12 1/4" diameter
14 3/4" high to top of electrical components
24 1/4" high top of shade
20" diameter of shade
This important lamp base is spherical on a heel and with a short cylindrical neck with white craqueleur enamel.
With original French electrical components, but rewired to American standard.
Good working condition.

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.

Incised J B underneath.

Literature:
Camard, Florence, "Ruhlmann: Master of Art Deco", Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 1984, p. 297, Ref. 3310A for similar model.

$50,000 - Inv. #1022