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 of 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.”
JCarlton houses are made of resin instead of ceramic and are generally a bit smaller than the Gault Original (ceramic) houses. A key difference between the ceramic and resin houses is that the ceramic houses were entirely made by hand; each one was unique as the window styles, doors, business name and other aspects of the pieces was different on each one of the same model. The resin houses are made from highly precise molds and therefore each one of the same model are identical.
Before the JCarlton brand arrived, they were manufactured for a short period (early 2000’s) under the brand name “Dominique Gault” with a 6 digit model number. Later they were called “J Carlton by Dominique Gault”, still with a 6-digit model number. Then they became just “J Carlton” and still have a 6-digit model number.
Do not wait anymore and visit our store to buy JCarlton houses and figurines from Paris and Provence.