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French ceramic excellence – Rene Buthaud, Jean Mayodon



Jean Mayodon bowl

Jean Mayodon bowl decorated with a frieze of medallions depicting naked dancers, alternating with clusters of grapes. ( millon & associes )

Rene Buthaud and Jean Mayodon were born seven years apart during the formative years of Art Nouveau around the turn of the 19th century. Rene Buthaud studied painting and engraving at the École des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux from 1903 to 1907 and then went to Pairs to study at the École des Beaux-Arts until 1913. Jean Mayodon had no formal training but lived in a community of artists in Serves and was influenced, especially in the classical styles, by artists he had met such as Henri Cros, Claude Monet, Isadora Duncan, Rodin and Bourdelle. Before he began his career producing ceramics in 1912 he spent 2 years in London doing antique restoration. He later went on  to assume the artistic leadership of the Manufacture of Sèvre in 1941, after having been its artistic counsellor in 1934.
After serving in WWI in 1918,, Rene Buthaud, with the encouragement of his colleagues in Bordeaux, the painters Jean Dupas and René Bissiere,  took up decorative ceramics. His early naturalistic, vegetal styles eventually gave way to more Art Deco geometric designs along with the introduction of primitive and classical themes and nude figures. These were stylistically adapted to the shape of his vases with a modernist touch. He favoured the female form and his pieces were populated with mythological goddesses, idealized female figures and stylized Odalisques, sometimes in narrative scenes. Ancient Greek, Persian and Oriental styles were utilised.

Similarly, Jean Mayodon developed decorative styles with figurative illustrations of exquisite quality and the vivid movement he infused in his ceramic works invoked the traditions of ancient antiquity using Centaurs, Sirens, Mermen, Mermaids and Goddesses and stylized animals as subject matter.




Mauodon enamelled vase

 Enamelled vase on a round base, Centaurs and Neo Classical figures – Jean Mayodon

( Southeby’s )




Persian style vase

Persian style vase with iriddization – Jean Mayodon

Both Buthaud and Mayodon were highly innovative with their glazing techniques including their wide use of craquelure glazes. In 1934 Rene Buthaud began to further develop the use of craquelure glaze, referring to it as ” peau de serpant z” for its snakeskin like appearance. Jean Mayodon favoured a gold crackling and achieved vibrant colours with low temperature firing using metal oxides fired up to 6 times, reglazing with each firing. Deep saffrons, tourquoise and jade greens and rich reds were developed.

The Museum of Decorative Arts in Bordeaux celebrates René Buthaud in its spaces and retains fifty of his works.  Both Rene Buthaud and Jean Mayodon are recognized as being influential in the development of the Art Deco style.




Jean Mayodon ceramic vase

Jean Mayodon – Rare Enamelled Ceramic Vase Circa 1935

 ( 1stDibs – Galerie Plaisance )




Mayodon Atelier

Jean Mayodon





Jean MAYODON Earthenware Vase Circa 1935

Jean Mayodon Earthenware Vase Circa 1935

( 1stDibs – Galerie Plaisance )





Jean MAYODON Earthenware Vase Circa 1935

Jean Mayodon Earthenware Vase Circa 1935

( 1stDibs – Galerie Plaisance )



antelope decor cup -- Jean Mayodon

Ceramic Cup decorated with  antelopes and stylized motifs, covered in enameled dark blue, turquoise and gold. – Jean Mayodon

( millon & associes )



Urn vase Serves

Urn Vase –  1951 Sèvres

( Cannes Encheres  )





Jean Mayodon -Argenteuil

Persian styled enamel vase with antelopes and classical figures – Jean Mayodon – 1947

( Côme REMY )




Urn vase French - Kean Mayodon

Urn Vase with black draped figures on a turquoise mottled background – Jean Mayodon

 ( Cannes Encheres  )




Jean Mayodon Ceramic Vase

Jean Mayodon Ceramic Vase  – 1945

 ( Cannes Encheres  )





French ceramic vase ovoid style - Jean Mayodon

Twin handled ceramic ovoid vase  with straight neck .

( millon & associes )




Stoneware vase with paunchy shape Jean Mayodon

Exceptional Jean Mayodon stoneware vase with paunchy body.

( millon & associes )




Vase polychrome glazed French ceramic - Jean Mayodon

Vase of polychrome glazed ceramic cone,  flared collar and golden discoid foot  – 1950

Jean Mayodon






Jean Mayodon orange cup

 Orange crackled cup decorated with mermaid néoclassqiues – Jean Mayodon


Jean Mayodon French Antique Ceramic

Jean Mayodon gold craquelure vase, naked black classical figures

( Duesseldorfer Auktionshaus )



Vase ceramic paunchy body - Jean Mayodon

Vase decorated with turquoise antelope on a dark blue background vermiculé – Jean Mayodon

( Millon & Associes )



Jean Mayodon ceramic tureen

Fine earthenware, round body tureen – Jean Mayodon

1940 vase Jean Mayodon

 More frolicking vase nudes from Jean Mayodon – 1940




Rene Buthaud Oceania Vaseca. 1931

Rene Buthaud – “Oceania” Vase  ca. 1931

 ( VMFA )





Elongated ovoid vase French by Rene Buthaud

Large elongated ovoid vase  with ceramic flat collar decorated with geometric patterns in Flash enamel “snakeskin” .

Signed J.Dorris ( Rene Buthuad )

( Drouot.com )





Rene Buthaud art wall panel

Rene Buthaud – ‘DIANE AU REPOS’ OU ‘FEMME À LA GAZELLE’ – 1935

( Christies – sold )




Glazed ceramic vase by Rene Buthaud

 Glazed ceramic vase by Rene Buthaud

(  drouot.com )



 Art Deco vase pair

 Pair of peau de serpent glazed stoneware vases circa 1935 1940

Rene Buthaud

( Christie’s – sold )



René Buthaud--Monumental lidded vase

René Buthaud–Monumental lidded vase





Art Deco globular vessel RENÉ-BUTHAUD,-1886-1972


Art Deco globular vessel in a geometric blue and white crackelure glaze  – circa 1930

signed J.Doris ( Rene Buthaud )





Goddess with fawn - Rene Buthaud

Goddess with fawn – Rene Buthaud





vase de rene buthaud

Crackelure glazed vase Rene Buthaud

Bordeaux Museum Of Decorative Arts





Rene Buthaud vase bulbous

Bulbous shaped vase – Rene Buthaud

( Treadway Toomey )






1920s-Vase-Signed-by-J.-Doris ( Rene Buthaud )

1920s Vase – Signed by J. Doris ( Rene Buthaud )





Rene Buthaud vase

Rene Buthaud vase, large shape with sculpted and applied handles, incised nude island women among foliage.

( Treadway Toomey )





French glazed ceramic table lamp - Rene Buthaud

Superb glazed ceramic table lamp. By Rene Buthaud, aka J. Doris. French, circa 1930.

 ( 1stDibs )




ceramic Rene Buthaud vase face motif

 Ovoid Vase – Rene Buthaud





ThreeThai Dancers Vase - Rene Buthaud

Three Thai Dancers  Stoneware ovoid vase – Rene Buthaud

( Millon & Associes )






French R.Buthaud Vase crackle glaze

R.Buthaud Vase signed J.Doris – 1930’s

( Christies – sold )




Rene Buthaud portait

Rene Buthaud

( source – Jasonjacques.com   )



French Art Deco faience charger

Art Deco faience charger with craquelure glaze – Rene Buthaud

( Cheffin’s UK – sold )





Art deco earthenware vase - Rene Buthaud

Art deco earthenware vase with a “peau de serpent” (snakeskin) glaze by Rene Buthaud.

Signed on the bottom “J. Doris”. At the time he made this vase, Buthaud was under contract with a Parisian gallery and could not offer work under his name to American collectors.

 ( 1stDibs )




Ceramic vase decorative motifs - Rene Buthaud

Ceramic vase with  decorative motifs: two naked, seated female figures in the midst of rich vegetation – Rene Buthaud.

Hand painted by the artist, the figurative representations are reminiscent of contemporary works by Bonnard and Matisse.

H. 27.5 cm   Realized $37,000

( von-zezschwitz.de )





René Buthaud---negro black mask

Mask of the negro tribe Yaouré  – Rene Buthaud

1925 -1930





Buthaud René Ovoid crackle glaze vase

  Ovoid crackle glaze vase with heel and flat collar  – Rene Buthaud

(  marconunes-ceramique.com )




buthaud-rene - 1886-1986 france

Tin-glazed earthenware vase – 1927    Rene Buthaud

 ( Sotheby’s –  sold )





figure vase Rene Buthaud attributed

Carved and painted vase featuring two muscular nudes – Rene Buthaud ?

Members of Buthaud’s family disputed the origin of this vase.



 Reclining nude sculpture” Goupe ” – Rene Buthaud  1928

( Southby’s )




Art Deco vase Buthaud Rene -1886-1986 France

Art Deco glazed and gilt earthenware vase – 1925

Rene Buthaud

( Southby’s – sold )




Charles Catteau – Art Deco ceramics master

Art Deco vase by Charles Catteau


Franco-Belgian ceramist Charles Catteau could be regarded as one of the most versatile ceramic artists of his generation, especially for the style of Art Deco. Catteau advanced the forms, techniques and decoration of modern ceramics, creating an exceptionally original, new and decorative genre.

Hired as a ceramic decorator in Ecole Nationale de Sèvres from 1903 to 1904, he began producing designs that were rather traditional, based on the observation of nature, and showing the influence of Japonism, characterised by pure lines and meticulous details. From 1904 to 1906, he worked in Nymphemburg Porzellan Manufaktur near Munich, a factory specialising in new hand painting procedures under a slip, as well as Art Nouveau.

Rare polychrome design vessel with geometric patterns - Charles Catteau Art Deco

In 1907  he finally moved to Louvière in Belgium where he was promoted to head of the decoration department at Boch Freres Keramis at the age of 27.  This is where most of his exceptional talent came to the fore especially during the period between the two World Wars. Influenced by the great creative art movements of the time (Africanism, Japonism, Cubism, Abstraction) and his observation of nature gave him inspiration for his designs, with the  integration of  plants, stylized animals and geometric motifs. The international avant-garde movements were also an influence leading to his use of purely abstract, geometric designs and intense colours. Charles Catteau was incredibly resourceful and  explored various harmonies of form, techniques, designs, colours, shades, topics, variants and influences. In this way Catteau became a representative par excellence of Art Deco designs, giving it his personal touch. He was instrumental in introducing technical innovations during the 20’s and 30’s to aid mass production of ceramic products and expand availabiltity of affordable products. During difficult times in Europe, he created vivid, colourful, orignal and uplifting ceramic wares.

Charles Cotteau motto was “Art for All” and he also taught decorative painting at the School of Industrial in Louvière. In 1925 he obtained international recognition in the exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. which helped raise the profile of Boch Freres. He remained at the company until he retired to Nice in 1946 .

The renaissance of his artistic legacy is largely due to the popularity of the many collectible aspects of his creations.

Ovoid vase - Boch Feres & Charles Catteau

 Three-colour repetitive design with flying eagles – stoneware.

( Pierre Berge & Associates )

Crackle glaze Art Deco vase by Charles Catteau

 Vase in enameled earthenware, slender shape with slightly opened neck.


Art Deco ceramic set - Charles Catteau

An octagonal and a pair of four-sided vases with geometric decorations in black, white, ocher, yellow and turquoise to designs.


Ovoid Art Deco vase by Charles Catteau

 Vase ovoid earthenware decorated with white crackle brown and black pads and triple sinuous brown.

Baluster Art Deco vase - Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau

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Vase with crane motif - Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau White Cranes ovoid vase

Art Deco ovoid vase by Charles Catteau

 Ovoid vase using polychrome enamel on cracked beige background by Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau art deco vase

A Boch Freres Keramis baluster Art Deco vase designed by Charles Catteau, circa 1925


Charles Catteau Art Deco vases

Polychrome designs with geometric patterns – matt enamels – 1927



Charles Catteau tumbler

Vase ceramic bowl decorated with stained black gold galloping deer in a forest.



Carved surface vase - Charles Catteau

Large Art Deco & Art Nouveau styled vase – Boch Freres

Charles Catteau polychrome Art Deco vase

Charles Catteau Art Deco glazed earthenware hexagonal vase for Boch Frères Keramic, circa 1925




Charles Catteau africanist/art deco vase

 Africanist sandstone and satin enamels of ovoid form, decorated stylized plant motifs on the entire surface.

Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau art deco vase

 Scailmont vase by Charles Catteau

Polychrome Art Deco vase - Charles Catteau

Classic Art Deco vase – Jan Wind design for Charles Catteau


Art Deco pottery by Charles Catteau

 Polychrome designs with geometric patterns – stoneware.



Charles Catteau baluster vase

 Antique Belgian Majolica Boch Freres / Charles Catteau Art Deco Gourd Shaped Vase



Boch Freres Charles Catteau vases

Charles Catteau & Boch Frères Keramis – 1937


Egyptian Art Deco vase - Charles Catteau

Charales Catteau ovoid porcelain finish stoneware vase with a rimmed neck

Art Deco vase set-Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau – Boch Freres  Two enamel-decorated vases in cuerda seca.


Art Deco cup - Charle Catteau

Art Deco cup with stylized floral motifs -Charles-Catteau 1927


Charles Catteau art deco vase

French Art Deco vase by Charles Catteau


Love birds vase - Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau love birds vase



Charles Catteau africanist vase

 A large vase oblong black glazed stoneware incised geometric decoration of deer grazing.



Charles Catteau Cubist Art Deco vase

Geometric cubist style Art Deco vase -Charles Catteau 1929



Crackle glaze ovoid vase by Charles Catteau

Art Deco crackle glaze vase – Charles Catteau


large ovoid vase by Charles Catteau

Art Deco ovoid vase – Charles Catteau


Cubist Art Deco ovoid vase - Charles Catteau

Art Deco cubist stylized sailboats and seagulls ovoid vase – Charles Catteau 1930


Art Deco vase with a deer motif - Charles Catteau

Vase with moving deer motif



Art Deco six sided vase

Art Deco vase designed by Maurice Delvaux for Charles Catteau



Exotic-floral vase by Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau for Boch Freres 1936



Charles Catteau


Green and gold Art Deco vase

Updated – 16/4/2013

More innovative Art Deco by Charles Catteau :

Charles Catteau Art Deco vase geometric patterns

Catteau Art Deco vase geometric patterns – 1929

Charles Catteau Deco Vase

Unique Charles Catteau Deco Vase  polychrome design with strongly stylized floral motifs.


Charles Catteau,Vase decorative figures in bathing costumes

Charles Catteau,Vase with decorative figures in bathing costumes, strollers and anglers

by a river. 1935


Charles Catteau Ovoid Vase

Charles Catteau Ovoid Vase – 1928

Art Deco Catteau

Two-colour design with stylized pine cones and pine needles Art Deco  by Charles Catteau – 1926

Charles Catteau Deco ovoid vase

Charles Catteau Deco ovoid vase


Charles Catteau Polar Bear Motif Vase

Polar Bear Vase – Jan Wind for Charles Catteau


Large Catteau giraffe vase

Large Catteau giraffe vase – 1931

Charles Catteau art deco vase

Vase – Art Deco by Charles Catteau

Charles Catteau Art Deco

Charles Catteau Art Deco ceramic jar – 1930

Charles Catteau ceramique vases

Charles Catteau ceramique vases

Above images © Pierre Bergé & associés // © photographies Brice Vandermeeren.