Théodore Deck

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Joseph-Théodore Deck (1891)
A home in Guebwiller decorated with Deck's portrait

Joseph-Théodore Deck (2 January 1823 – 15 May 1891) was a 19th-century French potter. Born in Guebwiller, Haut-Rhin, he began learning the trade in his early 20s, moving to Paris at age 24. In 1856 he established his own faience workshop, Joseph-Théodore Deck Ceramique Française, and began to experiment Islamic style of ceramic making, and in particular the Iznik style. In the 1880s he also worked in the Chinese tradition, also collaborating with Raphaël Collin, and other artists of the time. He died in Paris.

In 1887 he published a treatise under the title La Faïence, which is available in facsimile online.




  • Théodore Deck, La faïence, Quantin, Paris, 1887. 300 p., complete text online at Gallica
  • À la Mémoire de Théodore Deck. Érection d'un Monument à Guebwiller (Alsace), sa ville natale, J. Dreyfus impr, Guebwiller?, 1911?
  • Jules-Antoine Castagnary, « Théodore Deck », in Revue Alsacienne, 1880
  • Antoinette Faÿ-Hallé, Françoise Fournière, Brigitte Grenier et al. (dir.), Théodore Deck ou L'éclat des émaux, 1823–1891 (exposition catalogue, Marseille, Centre de la Vieille Charité, 1994, organized by the Musée Grobet-Labadié), Musées de Marseille, Marseille, 1994, ISBN 2-9500996-7-X
  • André Girodie, « Biographies alsaciennes : Théodore Deck », in Revue Alsacienne illustrée, 1903, vol. V
  • André Girodie, Un céramiste alsacien : Théodore Deck, Art & Industrie, Nancy, 1912
  • J. Loebnitz, Article nécrologique sur M. Théodore Deck, in La Céramique et la verrerie, 1891?
  • Sandor Kuthy, Albert Anker, faiences, en collaboration avec Théodore Deck, Marguerat, Lausanne, 1985
  • Alexandre Meichler (intro.), Théodore Deck : magicien du feu (1823–1891) (exposition catalogue, Guebwiller, City Hall, 1976), Alsatia, Guebwiller, 1976
  • Théodore Deck (catalogue de l'exposition au Musée Cantini, Marseille, 1980), Le Musée, Marseille, 1979?
  • Théodore Deck : la véranda des glycines, Musée du florival, Guebwiller, 1989
  • Théodore Deck : 1823–1891 (préface Charles Haby), Musée du Florival, Guebwiller, 1991, ISBN 2-908367-20-3

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