For Decoeur, the ancient Chinese were the undisputed masters of the art of ceramics. Throughout his career he never ceased trying to understand their methods and transform them into new and modern forms of expression. The subtle glaze and elegant lines of this piece clearly pay homage to Oriental masters.
Inscription: Impressed (on underside of foot): EDecoeur [ED conjoined, with reversed E]
Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Liebman, New York (from ca. 1925); their son, Charles J. Liebman Jr., New York (until 1965; his gift to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Masterpieces of French Art Deco," August 4, 2009–January 23, 2011, no catalogue.
Margaret Liebman Berger. Aline Meyer Liebman: Pioneer Collector and Artist. New York, 1982, p. 69.
Jared Goss. French Art Deco. New York, 2014, pp. 56–57, 253, no. 11, ill. (color).