Keramis: Art deco Belgian ceramics by Charles Catteau

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At Galerie Moderne and Horta you may find beautiful Boch Freres-Keramis Belgian ceramics. This month’s auctions from February 9th to 11th are a good opportunity.
 
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During the Art deco splendor of the 20s and 30s, Belgium also became a reference for the world of ceramics. At La Louviere, in Wallonie, Boch Freres-Keramis hired one of the most talented ceramic designer of his time, Charles Catteau. He worked on site during forty years (1907-1947). Before WWI he followed the Delft style of the house but afterwards he revolutionized the shapes, the glazes and the patterns incorporating new influences: Japonism, Africanism and, above all, Abstraction and Geometry. A new style in art deco ceramics was born. The reasons of its success were the same that destroyed it: it was too personal and distinct. 
  
 
 Galerie Moderne.
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Keramis started facing difficulties in the 70s and finally closed down in 2009. Now, a ceramics museum and a foundation under the same name, Keramis, intent to recover the legacy of an industry which flourished so intensely. Without Catteau it would not have been the same.
 Galerie Moderne.
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