Charles Catteau For Boch Frères, Pair of Crackle Glazed Vases, 1924
These fine large Art Deco vases are designed and signed by the great designer Charles Catteau. The vases are decorated with a Japanese-inspired pattern of quinces, leaves, twigs and ribbons. The moulded design is hand painted with black lines and thick enamels and finished with a crackle glaze. On the base of both vases are the printed Boch Freres mark (green one one vase and brown on the other), the impressed shape number 960, the pattern number D745 painted in black with 'ct' Catteau's short signature, and a painted number 3. This design is recorded and dates from 1924.
The vases are in very good condition, no chips, cracks or restoration. There is a tiny bruise to the glaze (about 1mm in diameter) on the inside of the rim of one of the vases. This may be from manufacture as the nature of these art pottery vases is that they have occasional glaze imperfections and runs.
French-born Catteau (1880-1966) trained at the National Ceramics School in Sevres, and worked initially for the Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory in Munich, in 1906, he moved to La Louviere in Belgium to work for Boch Freres Keramis. He stayed there for the rest of his working life, most of the time as head of the Decorative Department and Workshop of Imaginative Design
H: 31cm (12.2")
Early 20th Century, Art Deco (c. 1910-1939)