Catteau was born in Douai, France in 1880 and on completion of a ceramics course in the National Ceramics School of Sevres he joined the National Porcelain Factory in the same town. In 1904 he transferred to the Nymphenburg Porcelain Factory in Germany. It was there that he learned the art of under-glazing ceramics. In 1906 he began work with the famous Boch Freres Keramis factory in La Louviere, Belgium. Catteau thrived and came into his own when in 1907 he was appointed head of Art and Imaginative Design. In 1925 he won the top award at the Exposition Internationale. He stayed with Boch Freres until he retired in 1948. His pieces are highly collectible and eagerly sought. Catteau died in 1966.