L. Denizot, French Garden Planter Design: Faience & Bois Noir - 1882 watercolour


An original 1882 watercolour painting, L. Denizot French Garden Planter Design in Faience & Bois Noir.

This beautiful original design was exhibited at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889. Faience, or tin-glazed and enameled earthenware, first emerged in France during the 16th century, reaching widespread usage among elite patrons during the 17th and early 18th centuries, and used at the court of Louis XIV.

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Signed and dated lower right. Inscribed upper centre: 'Jardinière Octogonale en Faïence et Bois Noir. Vue de Face'. (Octagonal Planter in Faience and Black Wood. Front View.)
There is some age toning to the paper, particularly towards the edges, and some minor foxing. Towards the left edge is a light water stain, and also some wormholes, plus a patched repair to the edge, centre-left. There is also a short repaired tear line at the upper right corner, and very slight nicks to the right edge of the sheet.
44cm x 61cm.

This is one a spectacular set of original decorative designs we have for sale by a student of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, working in the period 1881-3. A label on the drawings' original folio indicates that these designs were exhibited at the 1889 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Such international exhibitions and world fairs were opportunities for nations to demonstrate their technical and scientific ingenuity - and present cutting-edge fashions in the fields of fine and decorative arts. These designs, principally for ceramics, are very much of their time. A product of the classical training of a prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts, they incorporate elements of classical antiquity, but they also show elements of the new and avant-garde: the emerging Art Nouveau style which was to take centre stage at the 1889 and 1900 Expositions Universelles, and flourish in Europe for the next decade.

The majority of these designs are signed and dated by the artist, L. Denizot, and some are inscribed ‘inv’ and ‘del’, indicating that the artist not only drew these designs but invented them.

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Product code: JL-352

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