Théodore Deck

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Joseph-Théodore Deck (1891)

Joseph-Théodore Deck (2 January 1823 – 15 May 1891) was a 19th-century French potter, an important figure in late 19th-century art pottery. Born in Guebwiller, Haut-Rhin, he began learning the trade in his early 20s, moving to Paris at age 24. In 1856 he established his own faience (earthenware) workshop, Joseph-Théodore Deck Ceramique Française, and began to experiment with styles from Islamic pottery, and in particular the Iznik style.


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Faience vase, c. 1889
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Vase, c. 1890

When Japonisme arrived in the 1870s he embraced this and other art pottery trends with enthusiasm, finally conquering the French establishment when he was made art director of Sèvres porcelain in 1887. Several important figures from the next generation were trained by Deck, including Edmond Lachenal. [1]

In the 1880s he also worked in the Chinese pottery tradition, also collaborating with Raphaël Collin, and other artists of the time. He died in Paris. In 1887 he published a treatise under the title La Faïence, which is available in facsimile online.

Porcelain garlic head vase with sang de boeuf glaze, Paris, 1895 Theodore Deck-Keulenformige Vase-Grassi Museum (2).jpg
Porcelain garlic head vase with sang de boeuf glaze, Paris, 1895


  1. "Théodore Deck and the Islamic Style", by Frederica Todd Harlow, from Aramco World; Sullivan


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