Cross-Border Beauty

French Art Nouveau Vase with Cobalt and Pea Green Glazing (LEO Design)

What happens when a family of Belgian ceramicists open a workshop just across the border, in France?  You get the striking vase above, made by Emile Joseph L’Herminé in Orchies, France.  The family moved its operations from the Belgian village of Rebaix to Orchies—about 35 miles away.  They attracted and hired ceramics workers who had moved from Belgium, eventually having a roster of over 500 employees.  The vase above, made during the Art Nouveau period of the 1910’s, has a handsome combination of a cobalt blue underglaze, punctuated with a fresh, pea green overglaze drip.  Come into the shop to see it in-person or click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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