Pierre Bergé & associés to Auction Unique Collection of Belgian Art Deco Masterpieces in Brussels

From 2 until 5 June 2009, a unique exhibition of the Art Deco collection of Charles Catteau will be held at Pierre Bergé & associés (Grand Sablon 40, 1000 Brussels - Belgium). The pieces that will be shown are from various private collections. This is probably the last time that so many of Catteau's art works will be put display. Next weekend, on Saturday 6 June and Sunday 7 June 2009, the 555 lots will be put up for sale.

Public exhibition
from Tuesday 2nd to Friday 5th June 2009 from 10:00 AM until 6:30 PM

at Pierre Bergé & associés (40 Place du Grand Sablon, 1000 Brussels - Belgium).

Saturday 6th June 2009 at 3:30 PM and Sunday 7th June 2009 at 3:30 PM
at Pierre Bergé & associés (Brussels).

Despite numerous publications on the artistic legacy of Charles Catteau, there was no precise chronological inventory of his work until Art Deco specialist Marc Pairon wrote a reference work entitled ‘ART DECO CERAMICS - Made in Belgium - Charles Catteau' for the 2006 retrospective exhibition of Catteau's work, organised in Strépy-Thieu (Belgium).

A large number of the works of art that were exhibited then will be on display together for the last time at Pierre Bergé & associés in Brussels.

Certificate of authenticity

Most of the works on display are rare or unique in their technical realization. Marc Pairon, Chairman of the Charles Catteau Foundation, explains: "All the pieces to be exhibited and auctioned in Brussels in early June were selected according to their history and quality. The collection encompasses all disciplines, subjects and artistic periods when Charles Catteau was working for Boch Frères Keramis. In the field of Art Deco ceramics in Europe, the event is certainly unique. Moreover, each object of this superb collection will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Marc Pairon, Evrard Bernard, Vice-chairman of the Charles Catteau Foundation, and Sylvain Berkowitsch, expert-consultant for the auction."

Charles Catteau (1880-1966) was the most versatile ceramic artist of his generation. Ceramic engineer, designer, teacher and artistic director, between the two World Wars he developed an extraordinary oeuvre. During his artistic period with Boch Frères Keramis in La Louvière (Belgium), his creations were a great success. Catteau soon received international recognition and was awarded a Gold Medal at the ‘Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modernes’ in Paris in 1925.