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Orange Black and Cream Boch ovoid vase with flared rim

Orange Black and Cream Vase –Boch Freres



Art Deco delight


The curvaceous and sensuous lines of Art Nouveau morphed into the polar opposite of the more straight and angular lines which defined the commanding style of Art Deco in the 20’s and 30‘s. Art Deco’s ornamental style, and its lavishness is attributed to the reaction to the forced austerity imposed by World War I. At the same time the Deco’s rigid and regimental lines mirrored the austerity at the time..  Germany embraced and  influenced the later Art Deco designs. The curved lines of Nouveau were more inclusive and Feng Shui positive then the exclusive and more hostile sharp angles that followed with Deco.

Architecturally Art Deco was easier to adopt in building design then Art Nouveau, a match made in heaven with the emergance of the skyscaper age.  Art Deco was of the Machine Age and it adopted its streamline technologies such as modern aviation, electric lighting, radio, ocean liners and skyscrapers for inspiration. The art deco style, which above all reflected modern technology of the time, was characterized by smooth lines, geometric shapes, streamlined forms and bright, sometimes garish colours. Art Deco was used extensively in the United States for railway stations during the 1930s, being designed to represent the modernity and efficiency of railway trains.


 The foundation of Art Deco :

The foundation of Art Deco was based on mathematical geometric forms. The ability to travel easily and the numerous archaeological excavations during this period; the tomb of Tutankhamun, Pompeii, Troy, etc., influenced both artists and designers who integrated several foreign elements into their work. At its best, art deco represented elegance, glamour, functionality and modernity.

eva zeisel german art deco vase

Art Deco became the first truly international style, spreading quickly around the world during the 1920s and 1930s.  A myriad of artists beutifully interpreted Art Deco and made it a higly distinctive and memorable era of design.

Art Deco decorative themes  :

( from ArtDecoNapier )

◊     Sunbursts and fountains – representing the dawn of a new modern age.
◊    The Skyscraper shape – symbolic of the 20th century.
◊     Symbols of speed –  power and flight – the exciting new developments in transport and communications.
◊     Geometric shapes – representing the machine and technology which it was thought would solve all our problems.
◊    The new woman – revelling in her recently won social freedoms.
◊     Breaking the rules – cacophonous jazz, short skirts and hair, shocking dances.
◊     Ancient cultures – for oddly enough, there was a fascination with the civilizations of Egypt and Central America.



Eva Zeisel Art Deco Jug 1929

Eva Zeisel Jug 1929 Germany

Art Deco gazelle bookends

1930’s  Earthenware Bookends Unsigned

Orchies Art Deco Vase

Vintage Orchies Vase

French ceramic crackle glaze baluster vase of bulbous form.

( Sheryl’s Art Deco )

Art Deco swan vase

Art Deco Swan Planter Zanesville

1930's Art Deco Polychrome tobacco set

1930’s Art Deco Polychrome Tobacco Set


 French Art Deco Sperical Pottery Vase

French Art Deco Vase

Echo of Deco-custom Amber Sun clock

Echo-of-Deco-custom Amber Sun clock

Rosenthal Deco vase

Rosenthal Vase 1930

Deco lamp turquoise Strangl

Deco lamp turquoise Strangl

Art deco lidded jar

Phil Dale

Clarice Cliff tea set

Farmhouse-tea-for-two – Clarice Cliff

( Andrew Muir )

Leaping dancer art deco vase

Leaping Nude Vase


Royal Doulton vase

Royal Dalton

Nautius green and white shell vase

Nautilus Shell Vase

Zsolnay art deco vase


Faceted Art Deco flared vase

1920s art deco crystalline pottery vase -Secretbackroom

Cubist Clarice Cliff teapot

Clarice Cliff Teapot

Hand Painted Clews flared vase

Vintage Hand Painted Clews

Deco shuffle

Belgium tri handled vase

Belgium Art Deco tri handled vase

Phil Dale art deco

Phil Dale

Buren mantle clock modernist

Buren Art Deco Modernist Clock

McCoy Vase


Vintage Brush McCoy Art Deco Vase

Vintage Brush McCoy Vase

Katzhutte art deco dancing figurine

Katzhutte art deco figurine

Boch vase

Boch Art Deco vase – designer Charles Catteau

Larege French art deco vessel

French Art Deco 1930

Rosso marble and enamelled art deco clock

Rosso marble and enamel Art Deco clock

Elegant Frankoma Crocus flower vase

Frankoma Crocus flower vase

from PrairieDecArts

Clarice Cliff Mountain conical coffee pot

 Mountain conical coffee pot – Clarice Cliff

Authur Wood art deco flared vase

Art Deco Vase – Authur Woods

Art Deco room decor

Camille Faure Vase abstract pattern

Limoges, France, has long been a center of enamel ware. This Art Deco vase, dating from about 1925, is the product of Camille Faure and is enamelled with copper.

( Virginia Museum of Fine Arts )

Cygal art deco chair

Cygal Art Deco

Ventrillon craqueles pigeon

Ventrillon craqueles pigeon – Saint-Clement, France
( tim smith vincent )
Vase Fructuoso art deco

Art Deco Vase with Egyptian dancer – Fructuoso Coimbra – 1930’s

Gunnar Nylund art deco jar

Art deco Spherical Jar  -Gazelles and palms

Gunnar Nylund, Rörstrand 1931


Boch Freres vase - Belgium
Art Deco Jar –  Boch Freres – Belgium
Art Deco green jugArt Deco Jug
Charles Catteau vaseCharles Catteau Vase
Frankart figural lamp
Frankart figural lamp
Art Deco Charles Catteau




Belgian Art Deco Vase – Charles Catteau
see more of Charles Catteau here : www.veniceclayartists.com/charles-catteau/







Clarice Cliff

Bizzare-Ware-Clarice-Cliff-polychrome glazed charger

Bizarre Ware dish – Clarice Cliff



Clarice Cliff pottery collection

Clarice Cliff



Clarice Cliff was recognized as one of the major  Art Deco ceramics designer of the Twentieth Century and possibly the most prolific. Born in 1899, Clarice Cliff started working at the age of 13 as an apprentice enameler. In 1916 she joined A. J. Wilkinson’s Royal Staffordshire Pottery as a lithographer and eventually went on to develop a small studio in Wilkinson’s Newport Pottery, decorating traditional white-ware. Cliff was ambitious and acquired skills in modelling figurines and vases, gilding, keeping pattern books and hand painting ware: outlining, enameling, filling in colours within the outline) and banding (the radial bands on plates or vessels ). Her first original style she named ” Bizzare” and was immediately popular.

Clarice Cliff coffee pot, creamer and sugar bowl

By 1929, Cliff’s team of decorators had grown to a team of around 70 young painters, mainly women (called her ‘Bizarre girls’) but also four boys – who hand painted the ware under her direction. Many of these workers were traced in the 1980s and 1990s and they totalled over 100. The Fantasque range evolved between 1928 and 1934 and mainly featured abstracts or landscapes of cottages and trees, and some Art Deco inspired patterns.

Clarice Cliff’s fame and success in the 1930s are hard to fully appreciate now, but at that time there was no such thing as ‘career women’. The publicity she received in the national press was unprecedented. Cliffs wares were exported all over the world and can still turn up in Op shops, garage sales and Bric a Brac shops.

Claire Cliff tea set - cream and pale blue colour - teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, teacups

Art Deco tea set – Clarice Cliff



Clarice Cliff Meiping Vase in red, green, blue and white

Meiping Vase – Clarice Cliff



Bizarre Ware Coral Firs vase Art Deco by Clarice Cliff

Coral Firs vase _ Clarice Cliff

circa 1933



Jazz Age art deco teapot - Clarice Cliff

Jazz Age teapot – Clarice Cliff





Art Deco jug with abstract motif - Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff jug



Clarice Cliff Honolulu vase

‘Honolulu’ Vase – Clarice Cliff

circa 1933



Clarice Cliff conical bowl

Conical Bowl – Clarice Cliff



Clarice Cliff vase and coffee pot in art deco style

Art Deco baluster vase and teapot – Clarice Cliff



Clarice Cliff Sunburst Lotus jugSunburst Lotus Jug by Clarice Cliff





Art Deco baluster vase – Clarice Cliff




Clarice-Cliff-windbells-teacup-and-saucerWindbells Cup & Saucer



Clarice Cliff Vase – Sunray

ca. 1929 Burslem UK

V & A Museum



Clarice-Cliff-Picasso-Flower-vase with ribbed neck

‘Picasso Flower’ vase – Clarice Cliff



Living Landscapes of Clarice Cliff 'Fantasque Mountain' plate

Wedgwood – The Bizarre Living Landscapes of Clarice Cliff ‘Fantasque Mountain’ plate



Clarice Cliff cup and saucer with floral decoration

Teacup and saucer – Clarice Cliff

 Clarice Cliff shape 353 vase of footed bell 1928

Original Bizarre Clarice Cliff shape 353 vase of footed bell 1928



Clarice-Cliff-windbells motif dish

Wedgewood Clarice Cliff plate – ‘Windbells’



Huntley Cottage sugar vessel by Clarice Cliff

Moorland Art Deco ” Huntley Cottage ” Sugar Pot – design by Clarice Cliff


Clarice Cliff My Garden vase

Clarice Cliff  ” My Garden ” footed vase



Art Deco conical Sugar Sifter by Clarice Cliff

Clarice Cliff Moorland Limited Edition Sugar Sifter



Large footed conical Art Deco handpainted bowl designed by Clarice Cliff

Large Conical Bowl Clarice Cliff



Orange-capri-sleeve-vase-by-Clarice -Cliff

Clarice Cliff Bizarre Orange Capri Shape Sleeve Vase




Baluster vase Art Deco style -CLARICE-CLIFF1930

Clarice Cliff Art Deco vase






‘Young Clarice Cliff’ figurine





Clarice Cliff vase





‘Orange Autumn’ Bonjour Preserve Pot – Clarice Cliff




Clarice-Cliff-English-pottery Egyptian Revival vase

Clarice Cliff





Bizarre ware ‘Picasso Flower’ pattern Odilon jug – Clarice Cliff






‘Applique Blossom’ 464 shaped vase – Clarice Cliff



‘Bizarre Ware’ Archaic Vase  – Clarice Cliff





Fantasque Sunrise pattern three piece condiment set — Clarice Cliff

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