Denbac

This French Art Pottery company, was founded in 1909 in Vierzon, in central France by Rene Denert. It became known as Denbac after 1921 when Rene L. Balichon joined. Over the next ten years, it evolved from being a small artisanal studio pottery producing high-fired glazed stoneware to a busy company with up to 49 employees. The company stopped production during the First and Second World Wars. The death of Rene Denert in 1937 was the start of a change in the company's fortunes and it finally closed in 1952. There are some 670 items referenced in the catalogue used by the Denbac salesmen, but it is estimated that between 750 to 800 different pieces were produced.

 

Denbac had a large network of retail outlets, selling to several large Parisian Stores like Printemps and Galeries Lafayette, as well as exporting abroad. It produced flasks and liqueur containers for drinks companies, such as Cointreau, in stoneware and porcelain. It had a large catalogue of forms and colours. The lovely soft glazes, with subtle colours are a feature of the production. The production at Denbac reflected the elegant lines and muted colours of the Art Nouveau period and spanned into the geometric lines of Art Deco. There is a dedicated band of collectors of Denbac. There are some very rare pieces, namely bookends No 516, a statuette of David and Goliath No 517, vases 467 and 468, a planter 87 and animal figures - Lion 482, Cat 483 and Fox 484.