A “Feuilles de Figuier” stoneware vase created by Mougin Frères with artist Geo Condé in Luneville, France. Marked 175.J (with the letter “L” for Lunevile). 10″ (25.4cm) high. Minor chip to underside – see photo.
Joseph Mougin (7 June 1876 – 8 November 1961) and Pierre Mougin (15 May 1880 – 7 September 1955) were French sculptors and ceramists, making art pottery in Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles, and close to the École de Nancy (Galle, Daum, etc.)
Édouard Fenal wanted to give a new artistic direction to the earthenware factories of Lunéville and Saint-Clément. Victor Prouvé advises him to hire Geo Condé as a model maker. The refined aesthetic of Arts Deco is blossoming and Geo Condé, attracted by the stylization of forms, will find material to deploy his imagination. He was called upon to collaborate with the Mougin brothers, who created sandstone vases with new shapes and were masters in the firing of enamel. Geo Condé will sign the figurative or geometric drawings to about thirty of their vases.
“Feuilles de Figuier” translates to Fig Leaves.