Longwy Art Deco French Cloisonné Ceramic Vase
An Art Deco Vase from Longwy of France in the distinctive “pyriform” -pear or gourd shape that so many of their creations employed. Smooth, faceted sides alternate with deeply etched designs and lead down to the decorative border of geometric flowers.
A sampling of the large collection of Longwy Ceramics at ArtDecoCollection.com
Longwy is the name of a town where three countries meet. Part of France, it nearly borders Belgium and Germany and the techniques and advances in pottery in the early part of the 20th Century were shared by these three countries . The faiance factory at Longwy began in 1798 and developed it’s iconic style of craquele (crackle finish) and cloisonné in the late 1800s. Borrowing the concept from ancient Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné which is created with the use of metal bands which form the outlines with enamel colors filling in.,Ceramic Cloisonné duplicates this by making deep lines in the surface of the clay piece and then coloring each section with rich color before firing. Outstanding pieces were created in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco Eras.
Longwy is well known for perfection in the detailing of the cloisonne execution as exemplified by the design of this exceptional vase