Gault-France (the GAULT logo is a registered trademark of Enesco France)
“The magic of Gault houses was born from the combination of the talents of 2 brothers: Jean-Pierre; architect, painter and sculptor, and Dominique; designer and businessman. Master-craftsmen, sculptors and ceramists joined them to develop this original art: The creation or unique pieces, entirely hand-made. Unique in the world, this new handcrafted technique was set up by Jean-Pierre Gault to make his work of art come true. The starting point: a Limoges clay specially elaborated for this production technique in which the house’s volume will take shape. All the tools, instrument and stamps allowing the creation of a house were created by the Master-craftsmen of the studio. More than 3000 stamps sculpted by artists were used. Two months were needed to produce a house through 14 manufacturing stages. Sculpting of roofs, shaping and modelling of balconies, pavements…Natural drying, firing at 700°C; rinse-bath with oxides, painting, patina, dust removal, cold enameling at 1000°C and shop-fronts miniaturising. All those stages were necessary to produce a piece finally worthy of seal of Gault. The world of Gault: the charm weaves its spell.”
This site is primarily dedicated to the Original Gault (also known as Gault Limoges clay) ceramic miniature houses were created from the mid 1980’s to about 2010, initially depicting miniature architecture of the Provence region of France, then grew to several other series such as Paris, London, Venice, and more. This site also covers the J Carlton miniature houses which started in the early 2000’s as a new line of the Gault houses made in resin instead of ceramic.
The objectives of this site are to:
- Preserve historical information about these wonderful miniatures: Key information about the Gault miniature houses based on information provided by Dominique Gault, research of various internet sources and internet archival systems, and articles in France newspapers. Click the Gault History page to view the information.
- Serve as a club of Gault miniature collectors worldwide to share their passion: Gault houses were purchased by collectors visiting France from all over the world who continue to add to their collection by finding Gault Original (ceramic) pieces on the secondary market. And of course some also collect J Carlton, which is still a brand available of the market today with miniature Provence and Paris pieces made of resin. Click the Gault Original and J Carlton pages to view the details about these wonderful collectibles.
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