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Claudius Linossier

Claudius Linossier (1893-1953) was a highly regarded French Art Deco metal artist who chose to work in dinanderie—a complex technique from the Middle Ages that entailed decorating hand-raised copper vessels with specially tailored metal oxides.  When heated and hammered, Linossier’s process produced an array of nuanced colors. Inspired by Byzantine mosaic floors, his works are rigorously geometric in design and decoration. Linossier interned in the workshop of Jean Dunand, the undisputed master of Art Deco. From 1920 to 1950 he maintained his own workshop in Lyon and began exhibiting his work around this time, including at The Salon des Artistes Dècorateurs. In his lifetime, Linossier is known to have personally created more than 3,000 objects—and given the complexity of dinanderie, no two objects created by his technique are the same.