Joost Marechal (1911-1971)

Joost Maréchal is undoubtedly one of the most important post war Belgian ceramists. It is not an exaggeration to state that he played a similar role as Bernard Leach did in England a generation earlier. Taking the teachings of Leach, Maréchal started to renew Flemish ceramics and his teachings inspired a whole generation of young and talented ceramists in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's.

Until recently, the only source on Maréchals work remained the 1958 book on the artist by Albert De Poorter. Luckily the 2007 book by Marc Heiremans, Art ceramics - Pioneers in Flanders 1938-1978, filled this void and gives a good overview of his production, together with the works of the Amphora and Perignem workshops.

However it is very difficult for the ceramic enthusiast, collector, researcher, … to get a good idea of the work of this very versatile artist. Ceramics by Maréchal are very scarce, often the pieces are unique and even his 'serial' production was made in very limited numbers.

This is the reason why we are presenting a source catalogue, based on the pictures we took at our 2007 retrospective Joost Maréchal exhibition, assembling a representative body of his work.

For the realisation of this project we have to thank first and foremost the family of Joost Maréchal for their collaboration and support and Frank Huygens (Designmuseum Gent), who kindly lent his expertise in dating most of the pieces at the exhibition.

Please Visit http://www.joostmarechal.be for more information on the artist

Joost Marechal

Joost Marechal

Source library for his ceramics and ceramic sculpture (click to access).
Joost Marechal

Joost Marechal

1954-1960

1954-1960

Mask, 27 x 15 cm, unsigned.
1954-1960

1954-1960

Mask, 28,5 x 16 cm, unsigned.
1968-1969

1968-1969

Vase, 8 x 11 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase with painted motif of fish, 23 x 11,5 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" & "JM" incised  (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Head‘ sculpture, 15,5 x 16 x 11 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" and incised monogram "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Head‘ sculpture, 15,5 x 16 x 11 cm, signed with incised monogram "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Head‘ sculpture, 15,5 x 16 x 11 cm, signed with incised monogram "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

‘Explosion‘ sculpture, 8 x 30,5 x 20 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom).
1965-1970

1965-1970

Mask of a boy, 21 x 14 cm, unsigned.
1967-1969

1967-1969

Candlestick, 8,8 x 11,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Candlestick, 7 x 10,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM"
1968-1969

1968-1969

Candlestick, 8 x 30,5 x 20 cm, impressed mark "JM".

1946-1947

1946-1947

‘Horse‘ Bowl, 5,5 x 15,5 cm, signed "Kerammar" (bottom).
1965 ?

1965 ?

Vase, 16 x 13 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1968-1969

1968-1969

Object, 7,5 x 14 cm, impressed mark "JM" (top).
1965-1970

1965-1970

Bowl, 5,5 x 14 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula written on bottom.
1958-1960

1958-1960

Vase, 28 x 10 cm, unsigned with glaze formula written on the bottom.
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 22 x 11 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) and impressed mark "JM"
1968-1969

1968-1969

Candlestick, 6,5 x 13,5 cm, impressed mark "JM"

1968-1969

1968-1969

Sculpture, 9 x 19 cm, impressed mark "JM".

1951

1951

Vase, 17,2 x 16,5 cm, unsigned.
1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase, 26,8 x 11 cm, signed with impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (bottom) and impressed mark "JM".
1962-1964

1962-1964

Bowl, 6 x 17,5 cm, unsigned, in collaboration with Bart Maréchal & Ortrud Grevel.

1968-1969

1968-1969

Vase, 14,5 x 13 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1969

1968-1969

Bowl, 8,5 x 16 cm, impressed mark "JM"
1956-1958

1956-1958

‘Two-colours‘ vase, 24,5 x 10 cm, unsigned
1968-1969

1968-1969

Vase, 18 x 10,5, impressed mark "JM"
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 24,5 x 11 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Bowl, 5,5 x 21,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1948-1950

1948-1950

Dish, 14 cm diam., indistinctly signed (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

Vase, 21,5 x 11 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula (bottom).
1965-1970

1965-1970

Vase, 16,3 x 10 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

Bowl, 5,5 x 9,5 cm, unsigned, glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

Dish, 3 x 12 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom).
1968-1969

1968-1969

Bowl, 6 x 9,5 cm, impressed mark "JM" and glaze formula (bottom).
1968-1969

1968-1969

Bowl, 10,5 x 25,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1969

1968-1969

Vase, 10 x 7,5 cm, unsigned, with glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

Sculpture, 33,5 x 14,5 x 6 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

Object, cm, 10,5 x 8,5 x 7 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

Sculpture, 36,5 cm, impressed mark "JM"
1967-1970

1967-1970

Candlestick, 5 x 6,5 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

Study for a sculpture, 13 x 17 x 9 cm, unsigned
1967-1970

1967-1970

Study for a sculpture, 9 x 17 x 7,5 cm, impressed mark "JM"

1970

1970

Study for a sculpture, 19 x 15 x 6,5 cm, unsigned
1960

1960

‘Pregnant woman‘, 60 cm, unsigned.
1967-1969

1967-1969

‘Mother and child‘, 63 cm, unsigned.
1957-1959

1957-1959

‘Christ‘, 46 cm, unsigned
1957-1959

1957-1959

‘Woman‘, 46 cm, impressed mark "JM"

1957-1959

1957-1959

‘Holy woman‘, 46 cm, unsigned.
1955-1960

1955-1960

Jug, 17 x 11,5 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (bottom) and impressed mark "JM".
1955-1960

1955-1960

Jug, 22,5 x 11,5 cm, unsigned.
1962-1964

1962-1964

Bowl, 9,5 x 25,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1955

1955

Bowl, 8,5 x 16 cm, unsigned
1955

1955

Bowl, 10,5 x 30 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (bottom)
1946-1947

1946-1947

Vase, 19,5 x 16 cm, incised "Kerammar" (bottom).

1968-1970

1968-1970

Sculpture, 55 cm (with original wooden base), impressed mark "JM".
1968-1969

1968-1969

Bowl, 5,5 x 14 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula (bottom).
1962-1964

1962-1964

Dish, 20 x 15,5 cm, unsigned, in collaboration with Bart Maréchal and Ortrud Grevel.

1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Minimorfe‘ sculpture, 11 x 27 x 15 cm (with original cork base), signed "Joost Maréchal" & written monogram "JM".

1967-1970

1967-1970

Sculpture, 5,5 x 10 x 7 cm, unsigned.
1968-1970

1968-1970

Sculpture, 6,5 x 14 x 8 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1960-1965

1960-1965

‘Sagittarius‘ bowl, 6 x 12 cm, unsigned.
1954-1955

1954-1955

Bowl, 5,5 x 13 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 16 x 7,5 cm, unsigned, glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 20 x 10 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1969

1967-1969

Bottle, 23,3 x 9,5 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" & written monogram "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 29 x 8 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 7 x 11,5, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Vase, 5,5 x 10 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1969

1967-1969

Bowl, 5,5 x 13 cm, unsigned.
1955

1955

Vase, 30,5 x 8,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" & impressed mark "Joost Marechal" & impressed mark "JM".
1956-1958

1956-1958

Vase, 23,3 x 9,5 cm, unsigned.
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 7,5 x 9 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 18 x 8,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 14,5 x 7 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 9 x 6 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 17,5 x 7,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 27 x 12 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Bowl, 4,5 x 17 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1958-1960

1958-1960

Bowl, 11 x 28 cm, written monogram "JM" (bottom).
1965-1968

1965-1968

Bowl, 6 x 21 cm, unsigned.
1967-1968

1967-1968

Vase, 19,5 x 10,5, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1968

1967-1968

Vase, 21 x 9 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Vase, 8,5 x 10 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1950-1955

1950-1955

Vase, 18,5 x 14 cm, unsigned.
1955-1956

1955-1956

Bowl, 5 x 8,5 cm, unsigned.
1956-1960

1956-1960

Vase, 12,5 x 10,5 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula (bottom).
1956-1960

1956-1960

Vase, 16 x 10 cm, impressed mark "JM".
1956-1960

1956-1960

Vase, 16,5 x 9,5, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1956-1960

1956-1960

Vase, 17,3 x 10 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

Sculpture, 19 x 12,5 x 10 (base included), impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Minimorfe‘ sculpture, 20,5 x 12 x 10 cm (original stone base included), unsigned.

1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase, 7 x 4,5 cm, glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

Study for a sculpture, 6,5 x 19 x 14 cm, unsigned.
1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase, 7 x 4,5, glaze formula (bottom).
1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase, 12 x 5 cm, impressed mark "JM" & glaze formula (bottom).
1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase, 12,5 x 7,5 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" & glaze formula (bottom), impressed mark "JM".
1955-1956

1955-1956

Vase, 13 x 6,5 cm, glaze formula (bottom).
1955

1955

Vase, 16 x 7,3 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" & glaze formula (bottom), impressed mark "JM".
1955

1955

Vase, 4,7 x 6 cm, unsigned, glaze formula (bottom)
1955

1955

Vase, 5 x 6,3 cm, unsigned, glaze formula (bottom).
1967-1970

1967-1970

Sculpture, 30 x 11,5 x 12 cm (base included), impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

Object, 15,5 x 9 x 4,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

Object, 14,5 x 10,5 x 3,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom) & impressed mark "JM".
1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Minimorfe‘ sculpture, 6 x 9 x 7,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom).
1958-1960

1958-1960

‘Woman with scarf‘, 37,5 x 21 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" & "JM" (back).
1940-1948

1940-1948

‘Christ‘, 40 x 39 cm, unsigned.
1946-1948

1946-1948

Madonna with Child, 19 x 15,5, unsigned.

1957-1960

1957-1960

‘Christ‘, 14,5 x 8 cm, unsigned.
1957-1960

1957-1960

‘Madonna with Child‘, 59 x 19 cm, signed "JM" (back).

1960

1960

‘Girl‘, 27 x 15 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (back).
1956-1958

1956-1958

‘Brussel‘ shield, 14 x 15 cm, unsigned (exists also in version ‘Bruxelles‘).

1956-1958

1956-1958

‘Young Christ‘, 40 x 29 cm, unsigned
1956-1958

1956-1958

‘Young Christ‘, 40 x 29 cm, unsigned.
1951

1951

‘Owl‘, 14,5 x 25,5 cm, designed by Cyriel Maertens.

1957-1960

1957-1960

‘Madonna with Child‘, 59 x 19 cm, signed "JM" (back).
1960-1965

1960-1965

‘Couple‘, 44,5 x 55 cm, monogram "JM" in relief (bottom left).
1954-1960

1954-1960

‘Mask‘, 26,5 x 17 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (back).
1954-1960

1954-1960

‘Mask‘, 26,5 x 17 cm, unsigned.
1956-1958

1956-1958

Tile, 20,5 x 22 cm, signed "JM" (bottom right).

1940-1941

1940-1941

Tray, 49,5 x 32,5, signed "Joost Maréchal Brugge" on one of the tiles.
1948-1952

1948-1952

Plate, diam. 24,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (back).
1968-1970

1968-1970

‘Reclining Nude‘, 36 x 80 x 59 cm, unsigned.
1967-1970

1967-1970

‘Torso‘, 65 x 30 cm, incised monogram "JM".
1965-1970

1965-1970

‘Watcher Head‘, 21 cm high, unsigned.
1970

1970

Sculpture, 88,5 x 60 cm, unsigned.
1970

1970

Prototype Bench for HBK bank in Antwerp, 42 x 40,5 x 22 cm, unsigned. This piece is unique in its blue colour, the benches that were made for HBK were beige in colour.

1940-1941

1940-1941

Plate, diam. 20 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom).
1940-1941

1940-1941

Plate, diam. 20 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom).
1940-1941

1940-1941

Plate, diam. 21 cm., signed "Joost Maréchal" (bottom).
1962-1965

1962-1965

Tabletop, 107 x 45,5 cm, signed "JM"  (top right).
1955-1965

1955-1965

‘Iznik‘ dish, diam. 37 cm, signed "JM" (bottom). 
1959-1960

1959-1960

‘King Nobel‘ dish, diam. 33,5 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (bottom).
1948-1954

1948-1954

Dish, diam. 35 cm, unsigned.
1946-1947

1946-1947

Bowl, 4,5 x 22 cm, signed "Kerammar" & "16" (bottom).
1948-1950

1948-1950

Dish, diam. 24 cm, incised signature (bottom).
1948-1950

1948-1950

Dish, 24,5 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal" (bottom)
1960-1970

1960-1970

Dish, diam. 31 cm, unsigned.
1958-1962

1958-1962

Dish, 25 x 14,5 cm, unsigned.
1969-1970

1969-1970

Sculpture, 52,5 x 45 cm, unsigned.
1962-1964

1962-1964

Tabletop, 118 x 53,5 cm, designed by Hilde Welvaert, executed by Bart Maréchal & Ortrud Grevel, unsigned.
1968-1970

1968-1970

‘Head‘, 25 cm, unsigned.
1967-1969

1967-1969

Sculpture, 34 x 22,5 cm, signed "Joost Maréchal" (side), impressed mark "JM" (bottom).
1956

1956

Dish, 30 x 20 cm, unsigned.
1968-1970

1968-1970

Sculpture, 54 cm., unsigned.
1968-1970

1968-1970

Sculpture, 53,5 cm, unsigned.
1956-1958

1956-1958

4 Sculptures, each 19 x 3,5 x 2,5 cm, incised monogram "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Bust, 47 cm, incised monogram "JM".
1958

1958

‘Mother & child‘, 58 cm, unsigned. 
1968-1970

1968-1970

Sculpture, 118 x 37,5 cm, incised monogram "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Sculpture, 54 x 27 cm, incised monogram "JM".
1940-1941

1940-1941

Small tile, 11 x 8 cm, unsigned.
1968-1970

1968-1970

Bust, 40 cm, incised monogram "JM".
1968-1970

1968-1970

Bust, 40 cm, incised monogram "JM".
Joost Marechal

Joost Marechal

Joost Maréchal, monogram signature, to be found on most of his works.
1955-1956

1955-1956

Pitcher, 31 cm, impressed mark "Joost Marechal".