Luc LANEL (1894-1966) & CHRISTOFLE: 1930's bronze vase with geometric silver inlays, signed



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Luc LANEL (1894-1966) designer and CHRISTOFLE editor: Beautiful modernist bronze 'Cornet' vase with green patina and geometric silver inlays, silver-plated inside. Signed and numbered underneath: 'B 71 Christofle E'.

Circa 1930

Height: 17 cm - 6 5/8 in
Diameter: 12,5 cm - 4 7/8 in


Similar model in the 1925's international exhibition of the decorative and industrial arts in the modern life.
Similar model in the 1931's Christofle catalogue


Dominique FOREST: Luc and Marjolaine LANEL. Paris. Norma. 2005.
Dominique & Marie-Cécile FOREST: La Dinanderie française 1900-1950. Paris. Les Editions de l'Amateur. 1996.
Henri BOUILHET: 150 ans d'orfèvrerie Christofle. Paris. Le Chêne. 1980.

Luc LANEL (1893-1965):
Born near paris in 1893, LANEL studied at the Paris School of Decorative Arts before to become an illustrator for advertising. His advertising drawings from 1920-1921 used the stylized flowers typical from the period under the influence of the 'rose' of Paul IRIBE.
Luc LANEL studied also ceramic with his wife Marjolaine he married in 1921.
In 1922 he became art director of the Silversmith house CHRISTOFLE, until 1942. He met there the Danish designer for silverware and pewter-ware Christian FJERDINGSTAD and also the French ceramist Auguste DELAHERCHE who created the bronze-ware and brass-ware collections for CHRISTOFLE. Their examples and friendships stimulated LANEL to produced intense 'Dinanderies' brass-ware collections and silverware, especially the 'Transatlantic' collection for the 'Normandy' ocean-liner in 1935.
In the twenties, LANEL used stylized decor like flowers, leaves, Malt cross, arrows. Around 1930 he turned to geometrical decor. After 1935, he used simple silver-plated hammered surfaces, following the modernist inspiration.
In 1942, because of the war, he stopped working at CHRISTOFLE. After the end of the war, he decided not to come back to CHRISTOFLE and to follow his career as a ceramist, working with Jules LELEU, Charles MOREUX and Jean ROYERE.

Dominique & Marie-Cécile FOREST: La Dinanderie française 1900-1950. Paris. Les Editions de l'Amateur. 1995. See pp.154-157.
Dominique FOREST: Luc & Marjolaine LANEL. Paris. Editions Norma. 2005. See pp.12-55.

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