Jean-Pierre GAULT 1940-2020
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Jean-Pierre GAULT on August 21, 2020. Architect and artist, Jean-Pierre was the creative genius that started the GAULT Original ceramic houses in the early 1980’s. He will forever remain in our hearts, with a deep appreciation of his work and his life.
The GAULT brand is a registered trademark in the United States by this site, and a registered trademark in France by Enesco France and licensed for use by this site.
“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.”
Gault Original (also known as Gault Limoges clay) ceramic miniature houses started in the mid 1980’s and initially depicted miniature architecture of the Provence region of France, then grew to several other series such as Paris, London, Venice, and more.
The Gault business is now based in the United States in cooperation with the main artist, Patrick Perrault, still located in the south of France. Patrick has been the main artist for Gault Original ceramic houses since 1995.
Our Shop page offers pieces made since the beginning of the Gault Original ceramic houses in the mid 1980’s. Additionally we are working on restarting the process to create new a small number of new pieces every year. After nearly 50 years since the creation of the Gault Original houses by Jean-Pierre Gault, the magic of this miniature art continues.
Learn more about Gault
Visit the About Us and History pages to learn more about the Gault ceramic houses and the history.
Our J Carlton page also has a link to the wonderful J Carlton miniature houses website which started in the early 2000’s as a new line of the Gault houses made of resin instead of ceramic. Today, the J Carlton business is separate from the Gault Original ceramic houses and not associated with this site but they offer amazing resin-made houses for Paris and Provence scenes as well as figurines and other accessories.
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