Musée d'Orsay: Faïencerie de Sarreguemines Design for a decoration, Thermal Baths of Mont-Dore

Faïencerie de Sarreguemines
Design for a decoration, Thermal Baths of Mont-Dore

Design for a ceramic decoration in the Thermal Baths of Mont-Dore
Sarreguemines Porcelain Factory (1778-)
Design for a ceramic decoration in the Thermal Baths of Mont-Dore
Circa 1910
Watercolour and pencil
H. 54; W. 73 cm
© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d'Orsay) / Béatrice Hatala


Design for a ceramic decoration in the Thermal Baths of Mont-Dore. View of a bathroom

Design for a ceramic decoration in the Thermal Baths of Mont-Dore


The Mont-Dore spa dates back to Roman antiquity. A major extension was completed between 1890 and 1893 by the architect Emile Camut, which brought him great prestige (Prix Duc and First Class Medal at the 1893 Salon).

The watercolour drawings, unsigned, show us the designs for decorating the rooms and their bathing cubicles.
The walls are covered with ceramic tiles decorated with floral motifs or plain colours. The colour scheme evokes freshness; it is reminiscent of the decorations in the first class cubicles in Vichy (1903). The general style is Art Nouveau.

A wide, iron and glass roof over the bathing room floods the decor with light. There is a series of rounded arches along the walls, while wooden doors give access to the bathing cubicles, of which there are 21 on the plan.




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