Boch Freres Charles Catteau Animal Stoneware Art Deco Goose Rare
Art Deco Gres Keramis stoneware vase designed by Charles Catteau for Boch Freres of Belgium circa 1925. These animal designs (this being two versions of a goose, maybe Canadian) are the most sought after and most collectible of all the Catteau pieces. Stoneware pieces with animal motifs are the most difficult to find and extremely rare. Over the years whenever I have seen a decorative item whether glass, ceramic, stoneware, or lighting, designs with animals are always the most highly sought after. Includes all the correct signatures on the bottom. This particular piece has an unusual treatment in the multiple ways the enameling has been applied. There are nuances of peppered texture with an overlay of dark brown to black in the design. There are two birds, slightly different colors around the vase with a lacework of stylized Japanese leaf design surrounding the lower part of the vase. An extremely rare design one I’ve only seen in books. A Rare and great advanced collector piece.
This model is illustrated in the book “Art Deco Ceramics, Charles Catteau” by Marc Pairon on page #470.
Catteau was considered a master of Art Deco Design, and his work predates the explosion of the style in the 1920s. He was trained in the famous ceramics school in Sevres, France, and then in 1906 hired by Boch Pottery a venerable company in business since the mid-1800s but looking for a fresh direction. He was featured in the Paris Exposition of Artes Decorative in 1925, by then creating hundreds of pieces every year with distinctive shapes and forms. A team of artists worked with him, applying the pigments to his designs that merged geometric and floral embellishment. In the past twenty years, many books, publications, and exhibitions have highlighted the major accomplishments of Charles Catteau.
9″ T x 8″ W x 8″ D