Emile Decoeur began his successful career in ceramics at the tender age of 14 as Edmond Lachenal’s apprentice. After developing an organic Art Nouveau style under Lachenal’s tutelage, he opened his own atelier and gallery in Paris in 1904, L’Art Ceramique, which he maintained until 1910. Decoeur’s creations from this period are characterized by simple, well-balanced forms with rich, experimental glazes. He deployed subtle gradations of celadon, sang-de-boeuf, and earth tones that perfectly accentuated his vases' undulating curves, illustrating a mastery of his craft on par with that of his famous contemporary, Auguste Delaherche.