Edmund Lachenal Pottery Pitcher, ca.1895
This acid etched pot by Edmund Lachenal depicts vines and patterns typical of his work in the art nouveaux era, ca. 1895. The blues and turquoises are naturalistic, rich and sumptious. It has a silkiness to the touch due to the use of hydrochloric acid, which dulled the ordinarily high gloss glaze. Unetched surfaces retain their glossiness. The piece measures 8 in. (20.3 cm) and 6 in. (15.2 cm) across. It is in perfect condition – no chips, cracks, repairs or any other kind of damage.
Lachenal’s work typically reflects forms based on nature. His technical virtuosity encompassed all aspects of ceramic manufacturing. He studied with the master Theodore DECK and in turn taught some of the next generation’s most outstanding ceramists in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, including Henri SIMMEN (1880-1963) and Emile DECOEUR (1876-1953). He opened a studio in Malakoff in 1880, then moved to Châtillon-sous-Bagneux in 1887. He fully embraced art nouveau and he collaborated with many sculptors, incl. Rodin, Agnes de Frumerie, Dejean, St Marceaux, and Jozan.