Annabelle d'Huart

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2006 – “Hommage à Ruhlmann” Sèvres, Cité de la Céramique

Cup and saucer obtained by turning soft clay. Both were decorated in the atelier de offset. Annabelle was commissioned by Sèvres – Ceramic City to decorate a cup and saucer created by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann as homage to the late Art Deco designer. To pay her respects, Annabelle decided to superimpose Ruhlmann’s own blueprint on to the cup and saucer. Thus the sliver of blue reveals the angle of the curve while the grey lines show the proportions and design. Just like Atlantis, Homage to Ruhlmann (Hommage à Ruhlmann) reflects on the nature of time. Looking at the piece, we can see the Ruhlmann’s sketch and its execution simultaneously, it is almost as if Annabelle sealed a time loop in an object.

Location: Galerie de Sèvres, Paris -Shown again at the Ceramic Contemporary Art Fair, London 2006.