Louis Lourioux died in an accident while driving his convertible Delahaye Grand Sport in Bourges at the young age of 35 in 1930. However, it would be tragic to dismiss his considerable artistic contribution to French ceramics.
Louis Lourioux began producing around 1902 in Foëcy, in the midst of the Art Nouveau period. Imaginative and creative, he creates superb pieces of shapes or decorations inspired by the plant and animal world. The Academy officer appointed him an “art ceramist” in 1906. He then moved towards decorations with geometric and Art Deco shapes. Like Émile Decoeur, he is noted for the quality and variety of his enamels.
Louis Lourioux took over the management of the Buchon and Legros porcelain factory in 1924. He quickly developed the business by creating original materials, shapes and patterns, combining ingenuity and technical mastery in his research laboratory. The factory employed around two hundred workers in the 1920’s.
He quickly oriented his manufacture towards a more artistic production with the help of the decorator Aristide Pipet and the sculptors Joé Descomps-Cormier and Charles Lemanceau. He also worked for the La Maîtrise (Galeries Lafayette) and Primavera workshops and exhibited his works in many salons: Salon d’automne, the salon of decorative artists…
After his death in 1930, the factory was managed by his widow until 1949, then by a niece associated with the Lunéville earthenware factory before joining the Deshoulières porcelain group in 1968. Pieces are marked either with the two wings, each with an “L” – a play on words in French – deux ailes – two wings and two “L”s, or with the stamp of a running female wolf – à la louve.