François Décorchemont

Pâte de verre artist

Author: Véronique Ayroles

Published in:  2006

Type: Monography 

Editor: Norma 

Number of pages: 384 pages 

Dimensions: 23 x 31 cm

ISBN: 978-2-915542-02-3

Price: €85 

Summary:  This book of 384 pages and 950 illustrations presents François Décorchemont’s works. François Décorchemont (1880-1971), who studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Paris, is a leading player in the history of glass arts. His research has put him amongst the very few creators who were able to change their works from Art Nouveau naturalism to the pure and geometrical rhythm of Art Déco. An alchemist of colour, he uses the metamorphosis and mutation of material to create a thick pâte de verre with an infinite number of nuances, in which light plays a key role. A member of the Exhibition of Artists and Decorators and of the Contemporary French Artisans Group, Décorchemont is friends with the ceramic artists Lenoble, Decoeur, Serré and Soudbinine, the brasiers Linossier and Daurat, and the tabletier Bastard, with whom he feels technically and stylistically close to. Through nearly seventy years of creation, 600 models are listed: roughly a hundred in thin pâte de verre between 1903 and 1911 and over 500 in thick pâte de verre between 1912 and 1970. The reproduction of all of these 600 known objects as a descriptive catalogue, with nearly fifty previously unpublished drawings place in the content of his creations and many archived documents make this book, which also has a technical glossary in its appendix, and indexes of galleries and models, an exceptional tool to study the work of this great artist.

François Décorchemont