Emile Lenoble 1875–1940

Protégé and son-in-law of renowned ceramist Ernest Chaplet, Emile Lenoble was heavily influenced by Korean and Sung Chinese pottery. He was trained in both fine arts and commercial ceramics and exhibited his work at the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes in 1925. Sober and restrained, but never dull or uninspired, his is work is characterized by symmetrical, deeply incised cloisonné-style decoration in hues of ochre, ivory, brown, green, or turquoise. Lenoble was a friend of designer Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and is now considered one of the great ceramists of the French Art Deco movement. He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour in 1925, and his ceramics can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

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