Discover our collection of plates made by Théodore Deck and his artists associates



Signed “TH Deck” and profile stamp on the back
Material : Glazed ceramic
Provenance  : France, circa 1887 – 1899
Dimensions : D : 29,5  cm

Ceramic plate with a mallard on a blue background attributed to E. Carrière

Our plate presents a realistic duck with its wings spread out and its head bent on blue background copying the sky and water. These two elements are distinguished themselves remarkably thanks to their realization. For the water, the artist has created a move with horizontal lines, while for the sky it’s more a concentric move going toward the plate edges. The white and blue tons depending on the enamel density bring an extra touch of realism in the sky as in the water.

The mallard is typical of the decors made by Ernest Carrière (1858 – 1908) in the 1890’s – 1900’s.

Ernest Carrière was a student at the École Nationale des arts décoratifs in Paris before finishing his apprenticeship with his brother the painter Eugène Carrière (1849 – 1906) to whom he is quickly compared to. He becomes one of the principals Deck’s co-painter from 1887 until the end of the 1890’s. His decors on ceramic are mainly birds and are named Savage ducks’ fly, Golden pheasant or even Swallow of the seas. His birds are depicting with a very high precision and an extreme clearness thanks to his enamels mastery as our plate shows.


Plate depicting the portrait of Sarah Bernhardt in Doña Sol

Ce grand plat en céramique polychrome présente un portrait de profil de l’actrice Sarah Bernhardt dans son rôle de Doña Sol dans Hernani. Il a été réalisé par le céramiste Théodore Deck (1823 – 1991) et peint par Edmond Lachenal (1853-1948) en 1878. Les inscriptions en lettres médiévales « Sarah Bernhardt », « Hernani 1878 » ainsi que la signature du peintre y sont visibles entourant le portrait. Il s’agit du seul exemplaire connu à ce jour.


Marked in the decor « ELACHENAL »  and dated “1878”.
Stamped on the back «TH. Deck»
Material : Glazed ceramic
Provenance  : France, circa 1878
Dimensions : D : 61 cm
Previously in the Galerie Marc Maison collection


Signed «TH. Deck» under the base
Material : Glazed ceramic
Provenance  : France, circa 1870 – 1880
Dimensions : D : 40 cm

Plate with a decor attributed to E. Lachenal with flowers and butterflies on a purple background

The decor of this plate composed of flowers and butterflies is attributed to the artist Edmond Lachenal (1855-1948) who works at the factory as a student and then as a workshop chief between 1875 and 1881 before opening his own. A plate with a similar decor also on a purple background and bearing the signature “E.L.” on the decor is today kept in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The stylistics similarities allow us to attribute the decor of our plate to the same artist.

Plate decorated with petunias and a butterfly

Lot of petunia flowers on a leafy branch are standing out again a purple background. They are accompanied by a lonely butterfly, symbol of happiness and immorality in the Japanese culture. The artiste enchants us by the dazzling colors he chose for this plate’s decoration and that he succeeds to make harmonious. Flowers are painted in yellow, orange and white. While some of the leave are green, others are painted with the famous artist’s turquoise blue and remind of the butterfly’s wings.

aubergine fleurs + papillon

Stamped on the back «TH. Deck»
Material : Glazed ceramic
Provenance  : France, circa 1880
Dimensions : D : 40cm

aubergine fleur

Signed «TH. Deck» on the back
Matériau : Glazed ceramic
Provenance  : France, circa 1875 – 1881
Dimensions : D : 29,5 cm

Plate with a decor attributed to E. Lachenal with a poppy flower

Our plate shows a poppy flower which appears very often on Deck’s patterns, on a purple background. The poppy flower is colored in pale yellow with a leafy stem colored with the artist’s famous turquoise blue. On the background we can also see branches with small leaves colored in ochre reminding the Japanese gardens.

Edmond Lachenal has contributed to the rebirth of the ceramic in the late 19th century. After an apprenticeship in 1870 with Théodore Deck, and becoming his workshop’s chief five years later, Edmond Lachenal decides to create his own in the Parisian region in 1881. He starts by being inspired by the Hindu and Persian arts, then lead his work toward the Japanese art and the Art Nouveau, while creating a velvet or frosted enamel thanks to a ceramic electroplated process. It’s especially thanks to his representation imitating nature (batrachian and diverses animals), the purity and the power of his colours, that he excels and seduces the public and the artists of his time such as Auguste Rodin (1840 – 1917). As much in the creation of shapes and decor as in the making processes, Edmond Lachenal was an innovator with gave him an immediate succes.

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