bowled over by emile decour

Although everything is now online, I admit that I still like leafing through an auction catalogue just on the chance that something I would have clicked past online will “speak” to me from the page.¬†

While going through the Rago Auctioneers of New Jersey 20th/21st Century Design Auction catalogue of late February, I came across a page with ceramics by a French artist that was not known to me and whom I otherwise might have¬†missed.¬† Emile Decour (1876-1953)¬†originally took inspiration from¬†Art Nouveau and then worked¬†through the next decades of the century to create more modern and sleek forms.¬† His earlier works would not have inspired me – I’m not into the organic forms of that period- but I love the simplicity of this bowl and you can clearly see the influences of a resurgent Art Deco inspired Orientalism.¬† The form and glazes of this¬†bowl could¬†equally place its origin in Japan as much as France. ¬†
I love this piece.¬† It would be a brilliant addition to a sleek contemporary space.¬† It is tiny and jewel-like and¬†needs nothing to accompany it when placed on a side table or shelf.¬† And I’m so glad to have discovered yet another French Art Deco master.¬†¬†
image credits: © Rago. Lot 431, Emile Decoeur, stoneware vase, mauve and black glaze, France, late 1920s.  Estimate: $1,200-1,500. Sold in the 20th Century Design Auction, 25 February 2012.
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