Lachenal Studio

Biography

Edmond Lachenal was one of the pivotal figures in the development and creation of Art Nouveau in ceramics, and his works are comparable in influence and importance to those of Ernest Chaplet, Adrien-Pierre Dalpayrat, and Albert Dammouse. His work is included in collections of Art Nouveau ceramics in the Louvre, Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

By the 1890s Lachenal's work showed the influences of the trends and fashions of the late 19th Century, from Japanese prints, to the shift from faience pottery to grès, and the emergence of Art Nouveau. Unlike his peers, Lachenal did not produce matte glazed works, instead creating his matte effects with hydrofluoric acid, eating away the glossy surface to create a matte effect. This procedure was controversial at the time, but allowed him to produce brightly colored work. During this period, Emile Decoeur was his apprentice and in the 1920s G. Jaegle also worked in the studio

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