Louis Lourioux

Born in France in the Cher in 1894, this talented potter was a contemporary of Lalique and Gallé.  He worked predominantly in stoneware and was noted for his glazes.  His father had encouraged him to work at the Porcelain factory of Buchon and Legros and he took over the running of it in 1924.  He rapidly developed the company and showed imagination and technical expertise.  He worked closely with Aristide Pipet.  Some of his pieces were salvaged from the Titanic.

 

He died in an accident whilst driving his convertible Delahaye Grand Sport in Bourges at the young age of 35 and is buried at Foecy, where his tomb, designed by Charles Lemanceau is typical of the period between Art Nouveau and Art Deco in which he lived and worked.  The factory was then run by his wife until 1949.  Pieces are marked either with the two wings, each with an "L" - a play on words in French - deux ailes - two wings and two "L"s, or with the stamp of a running female wolf - à la louve.

 

Louis Lourioux