Decoeur, one of the most talented, sophisticated, and well-known French Art Deco studio potters, was thoroughly versed in the materials and techniques of his medium. He was among the first to reject the perceived aesthetic excesses of the Art Nouveau style for the purity and challenge presented by the simplicity of traditional Chinese-influenced shapes and glazes. The classic baluster form of this vase shows off his rich, subtly complex glaze. Decoeur’s emphasis on the materials themselves as the vehicle of artistry and meaning parallels the development of nonfigurative art in the early twentieth century.
Inscription: Impressed (on underside of foot): ED [conjoined, with reversed E]
[Galerie Georges Rouard, Paris, until 1922; sold to MMA]
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 54–55, 253, no. 10b, ill. (color, overall and detail).