Pair of panels
Designer / Maker
By Eugène Gluck (1820-98)
Manufactured by Théodore Deck (1823-91)
Painted earthenware; the frames of later date
48.8 x 13.4 cm (sight size)
French (Paris), 1869
Signed & dated
‘E. Gluck 1869’
Gluck was associated with Deck, a fellow Alsatian, throughout his career. He was a painter of landscapes, historical and genre scenes, and also a lithographer. He exhibited at the Salon between 1847 and 1880, but went on producing for Deck until the 1890s. Gluck favoured mediaeval subjects and, as here, hunting scenes, some adapted from Antonio Tempesta (1555–1630). On the present panels, depicting a boar hunt (left) and a stag hunt, the figure on horseback in the scene with a boar appears to be based on Tempesta’s etching Acteon a propriis canibus discerpitur, 1606 (see gallery).
Examples of Gluck’s work for Deck, which remains an under-researched area of the manufacturers oeuvre, are in the collection of the Musée de Florival, Guebwiller. The museum, in Deck’s birthplace, includes several works after Tempesta, such as a roundel (unpublished) with a dog clearly based on the same source as the one in the present scene of a stag hunt. Further examples of Gluck’s colourful and playful scenes of mediaeval chivalry are in the collection of the Musées de Marseilles; see Théodore Deck ou l’éclat des émaux 1823–1891, Marseilles, 1994, nos 126–35. See also, Bernard Bumpus (intro.), Théodore Deck Céramiste, London, 2000, nos 4–10.