Longwy Art Deco French Cloisonné Ceramic Vase
An Art Deco Vase by Longwy of France . This piece is a great example of both the craquele (crackle ) and the ceramic cloisonné techniques . It’s octagon shape presents eight panels decorated in geometric, stylized flowers .
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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