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Rene Boschmans for Coceram square tile of man holding Masonic stamped flag, c.1950s

Cubist style glazed ceramic tile with both socialist and Masonic symbolism. A man straddles a cityscape and a farm field holding a large red flag with a raised Masonic symbol. Signed on the side of the tile by Rene Boschmans and on the back Coceram. Part of a set. The Belgian company Faïencerie Coceram was established in 1947 and closed in 1960. Rene Boschmans (1913-1996) was a Belgian artist who worked with them. He is known for monuments related to the celebration of socialist reform. (See the 1959 Arthur Vanderpoort monument outside the Royal Athenaeum in Sint-Michiels, Belgium, outside of Bruges. This monument honors the man who enacted school reform.) It measures 10 1/8 x 10 5/8 inches and weighs 2 lbs. 11 oz. Belgium, c.1950s. 


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