Choisy-le-Roi, France 1835 – Hauts-de-Seine, France 1909
1850 – 1903
1885 Description: decorated with iris
Place made: France
Materials & Technique: ceramics, vases stoneware, stoneware
Ernest Chaplet was one of the most innovative ceramicists of the French art pottery movement of the 1890s. Born in the ceramic centre of Sèvres, he began an apprenticeship at the Sèvres National Manufactory in 1848 and began painting porcelain in Paris in 1850. In the early 1870s he developed his ‘Barbotine’ decoration, a technique of painting earthenware with liquid clays to resemble the impasto techniques of Barbizon and Impressionist painters. This simple form was decorated by Chaplet’s assistant, Edouard Dammouse, with a Japanese-inspired design of leaves and blossoms outlined in gold.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design