THE ENCHANTED ISLE

by Gaston Priou (1913-1982)
France, 1926


Panel: 47 ¼" high; 24 ¾" wide
Framed: 49 ¾" high; 28 ¾" wide

This lacquered wood panel is inlaid with coquille d'oeuf covered with sheets of crumpled and painted silver. It depicts a man riding an elephant in the enchanted isle. Framed in the original limed oak frame covered with white gold (top) and gold leaf (bottom).

Born in Paris, Gason Priou exhibited at the 1922 Salon of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs as an accomplished lacquer artist. In 1932, Priou was still exhibiting the same range of screens, trays and small furniture pieces in lacquer and coquille d’oeuf, for example, for deluxe cabins on the ocean liner Félix Roussel. Although Priou’s production was less prolific than that of his contemporaries – such as Lous Midavaine and Paul-Étienne Sain – his designs incorporate a studied interplay of rich dark lacquers accentuated with coquille d’oeuf. The few examples of his work show exceptional craftsmanship evident in the ornamentation of the tropical landscapes, mountain citadels and enchanted isles depicted on his room partitions and panels. Priou remains relatively unknown. Only one brief reference to his work appeared in the critical press – a black lacquered table reviewed in a 1922 article in Art et Decoration.

Signed G PRIOU within a cartouche.

$75,000 - Inv. #146