PRESENTING a STUNNING Belgian Art Deco Boch Freres by Charles Catteau Porcelain Panther or Lion Fighting a Snake Sculpture.

Made circa 1925-1930 by Charles Catteau for the famous Belgian ceramic maker Boch Freres Keramis.

Signed and properly marked. Signed on the side “BFK …. Ch. Catteau’ and under the base marked BFK in a circle and ‘Made in Belgium’.

It features a what we believe to be a Panther (some call it a Lion) fighting a large coiled snake.

Made of a light cream porcelain it is in MINT condition with no cracks or chips.

This is a quite RARE and highly desirable piece from the CLASSIC Art Deco Era by a famous maker.

Franco-Belgian ceramist Charles Catteau could be regarded as one of the most versatile ceramic artists of his generation, especially for the style of Art Deco. Catteau advanced the forms, techniques and decoration of modern ceramics, creating an exceptionally original, new and decorative genre.

Hired as a ceramic decorator in Ecole Nationale de Sèvres from 1903 to 1904, he began producing designs that were rather traditional, based on the observation of nature, and showing the influence of Japonism, characterised by pure lines and meticulous details. From 1904 to 1906, he worked in Nymphemburg Porzellan Manufaktur near Munich, a factory specialising in new hand painting procedures under a slip, as well as Art Nouveau.

n 1907  he finally moved to Louvière in Belgium where he was promoted to head of the decoration department at Boch Freres Keramis at the age of 27.  This is where most of his exceptional talent came to the fore especially during the period between the two World Wars. Influenced by the great creative art movements of the time (Africanism, Japonism, Cubism, Abstraction) and his observation of nature gave him inspiration for his designs, with the  integration of  plants, stylized animals and geometric motifs. The international avant-garde movements were also an influence leading to his use of purely abstract, geometric designs and intense colours. Charles Catteau was incredibly resourceful and  explored various harmonies of form, techniques, designs, colours, shades, topics, variants and influences. In this way Catteau became a representative par excellence of Art Deco designs, giving it his personal touch. He was instrumental in introducing technical innovations during the 20’s and 30’s to aid mass production of ceramic products and expand availabiltity of affordable products. During difficult times in Europe, he created vivid, colourful, orignal and uplifting ceramic wares.

Charles Cotteau motto was “Art for All” and he also taught decorative painting at the School of Industrial in Louvière. In 1925 he obtained international recognition in the exhibition of Decorative Arts in Paris. which helped raise the profile of Boch Freres. He remained at the company until he retired to Nice in 1946 .

The renaissance of his artistic legacy is largely due to the popularity of the many collectible aspects of his creations.


Art Deco Boch Freres by Charles Catteau Porcelain Panther or Lion Fighting a Snake.

Provenance: From a Wealthy Dallas Estate.

Condition: Mint.

Dimensions: 7.5 inches Tall, 13.5 inches Wide and 6.25 inches Deep