Carel Adolph Lion Cachet

Self portrait, 1905-1910

Carel Adolph Lion Cachet (Amsterdam, 28 November 1864 – Vreeland, 5 April 1945) was a Dutch designer, printmaker and ceramist,[1] known his role in transforming of Dutch decorative arts in the early 20th century.[2]

Life and work

Born as Carel Adolph Cachet, in 1901 he added "Lion" to his name. From 1880 to 1885 he was educated as teacher for primary school in Amsterdam, and he became an art teacher at various schools in Amsterdam.

Gradually he developed into a decorative art artist. He used batik techniques to design textile, was wood engraver, designed wallpaper, carpets, decorative pottery, furniture, banknotes, posters, was bookbinding designer, and made complete designs for decorating salons in Dutch passenger ships, including for the Netherlands Steamship Company.

Selected publications


  1. Biographical data at the Netherlands Institute for Art History
  2. Titus M. Eliëns. Het Keramiek Boek. Nederlands vernieuwingsaardewerk 1880-1940, 2006.
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