Sinuous lines, whiplash tendrils, and sculptural organic forms characterize the work of Edmond Lachenal and his son, Raoul. Edmond worked as Theodore Deck’s studio assistant in his teens and proved so gifted that he eventually became Deck’s director of painting. By 1881, Edmond had his own atelier and was experimenting freely in faience and stoneware, winning many awards including a gold medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. Raoul, born in 1885, trained under his father and was director of the Lachenal atelier from 1904-07 before opening his own workshop. The Lachenals were pivotal figures of French Art Nouveau ceramics, among the likes of Dalpayrat, Dammouse, and Delaherche.