Paul BEYER (1873- 1945)
Vase Signed P. Beyer and Numbered 10 on the base.
The number 10 may signify the year 1910. We are not certain.
Paul Beyer was born in Strasbourg on November 9 1873. He trained as a stained-glass maker in his father’s workshop in Besançon in the French Jura. When the family stained glass business collapsed after the official separation of Church and State in France in 1905, and Beyer moved to the creation of ceramics, training and working initially in a factory associated with Sèvres. In 1914, the artist was called to arms, but fell ill and in 1917 was allowed to return home to his wife and two children. In 1931, Sèvres granted him the use of its “Vieux Moulin” studio. Beyer’s growing fame as one of France’s leading potters of the early 20th Century led to his being made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 1937. His works are in the collections of theMusée d’Art Moderne, et au Musée Céramique de Sèvres.