French Iznik-Inspired Ceramic Bowl by Édouard Cazaux (circa 1930s)
French Iznik-inspired ceramic bowl by Édouard Cazaux (circa 1930s). Master ceramicist, Édouard Cazaux was inspired by antiquities, religion and animal life in his creations. This magnificently decorated ceramic bowl displays an Iznik-styled phoenix with an extensive wingspan perched upon a branch. The age-faded traditional Iznik colours include sage green, purple and bole red, a reddish brown like clay and earth. It is the characterful fading of the decoration which gives this bowl its breathtaking, subtle beauty. Iznik pottery in general was produced originally in the town of the same name in Western Anatolia from the last quarter of the 15th century until the end of the 17th century. Iznik design elements combined traditional Ottoman Arabesque patterns with Chinese elements, highly valued by the Ottoman court in Istanbul who greatly valued Chinese blue-and-white porcelain. Signed: 'Cazaux' on the underside. In fair vintage condition commensurate with age and usage. Please see all of the accompanying photos to best understand the beauty of the piece and its condition. Upon request, a video of the piece can be provided.
About the Artist: Édouard Cazaux (1889-1974) was born into a family of potters from Cagnotte in the Landes region of France. Their production of pegas (a sort of jug) was renowned throughout the region. At 18, he went to Paris where he found a job as a turner and returned there to study at the School of Fine Arts and the School of Sèvres. From 1921 Cazaux exhibited works at the Salon des Tuileries, the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. Success followed with exhibits at the Musée de Sèvres and in Galerie Rouard , the Galerie d'Art Contemporain as well as the Galerie Legédé. His prodigious works are inspired by religion, antiquities and animal themes. He is well known for his production of Art Deco pieces as well. In 1937, the three Cazaux brothers (Édouard, Armand and Vincent) won a gold medal at the international exhibition in Paris for a fountain they designed together. Édouard died in 1974. His works were shared by various French museums (Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, and the Musée de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés).
Dia 25 cm / 9.8"
H 6.5 cm / 2.6"