Monthly Archives: December 2015

Art Deco Dandy

 

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Poirot and an Art Deco gazelle figurine

 

 

Deco perfection of Poirot :

 

For an exposé on Art Deco , it’s hard to go past the Poirot series, based on the Agatha Christie books. Set in England in 1936, there is countless classic objects of the Art Deco era and superb Art Deco architecture. Worthwhile viewing for anyone studying the genre.The key character played by David Suchet, is the impeccable and slightly eccentric Hercule Poirot, a Belgium detective, of refined taste, with a penchant for dapper attire. The dandy Poirot, a doyen of the Belgium police force, has a talent for incisive deduction, lives in an Art deco apartment and tends to frequent a lot of Art Deco styled hotels and restaurants. I’ve only managed to view about 10 of the 70 episodes, but I was intrigued by the episode named ‘The Dream’.

 

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Jean Dunand lacquered Art Deco vase

 

On the landing on the stairwell, precariously poised, was a Jean Dunand Art Deco dinanderie vase (or replica). It was an obvious accident waiting to happen, which occurred towards the end of the episode. When it met its fate, it fell and bounced with a metallic clunk, which made sense because it was an enameled metal vessel, then it shattered into pieces like a ceramic vase. (see video) For dramatic effect that made sense too, albeit defying logic. As these vases have been fetching up to $250,000 at auction, if it was an original, I hope it survived the fall.

Poirot is one of Christie’s most famous and long-lived characters, appearing in 33 novels. Poirot was the only fictional character to receive an obituary on the front page of The New York Times. Most of the definitive Art Deco styles are on display in the series – geometric, angular and abstract shapes, chrome, glass, highly polished wood and black lacquer. Mixed with shiny fabrics, mirrors, Art Deco clocks and figurine statues. Murals displaying modern, stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, cruise liners and skyscrapers also feature.

 

Poirot – ‘The Dream’ – 52 seconds

 

 

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Jean Dunand geometric eggshell inlay lacquered metal dinanderie vase

 

 

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Poirot’s Art Deco apartment

 

 

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Detective Poirot in an Art Deco setting

 

 

 

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Poirot having breakfast with a Susie Cooper Art Deco teaset

 

 

 

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Art Deco graphic

 

 

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Midland Hotel – Morecambe, UK

 

 

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Midland Hotel

 

 

 

Eltham-Place
Eltham Place, South East London

 

 

 

the-beaumont-lobby, London

Beaumont Hotel lobby

 

More Deco beckons :

 

At the turn of the 20th century, most of the architecture and design still reflected previous styles including Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, Greek Revival, Italian Renaissance Revival, Beaux Arts Classical, Italianate and Late Baroque Rococo. This traditional revivalism was replaced by the spread of Art Nouveau that expressed more feminine, sensual female forms interwoven with naturalistic motifs of animals, insects and flowers. Even though its distinctive look dominated trends up to the 1920‘s, it still had an old world feel about even though it was a reactionary movement against previous traditionally inclined styles. With the march of the Industrial Age, it eventually succumbed to the tides of innovation. By the 1930’s it had been superseded by the bolder, more masculine Art Deco, that made a comprehensive break from past styles with its desire to reflect modernity and the upheavals in design introduced by the Machine Age. Art Deco embraced the speed and movement of Futurism while infusing the fractured forms of Cubism and the simplicity inherent in the Bauhaus design. The symmetrical lines and geometric patterns espoused in Art Deco swept away the sinuous, curvaceous excesses of the Nouveau era.

 

 

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Camille Faure Limoges ovoid geometric vase

 

 

 

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Art Deco female figurine spherical lamp – Max Leverrier

It is interesting to note that during the early 20th Century, ornamental figure sculptures were more widely used as a decorative art then figure paintings.

 

 

Art Deco ladies in satin 1930---Gyula-Batthyany

Art Deco elegance – Gyula Batthyany

1930

 

 

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Fayral nickel plated Art Deco figure made by Le Verrier foundry

1930

French Cab – www.1930.fr

 

 

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Art Deco Camille Faure Limoges Green Vase

 

 

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Two iconic armchairs (c.1928) by Jean-Michel Frank upholstered in shagreen and made of oak with seats covered in a vibrant green velvet,
an Orientalist painting by Marcelle Ackhein from around 1935, a serpentine fire surround by Eugène Gaillard, a sculpture by Etienne Béothy on top of the plinth and a unique black and gilt patinated bronze ‘Lampadaire Deux Serpents’ floor lamp (1931) by Edouard-Marcel Sandoz,

 

 

 

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Charles Scheider Le Verre Francias Charder glass vase

Épinay sur Seine, France circa 1920

 

 

 

Dante-Baldelli-Ceramic-Vase-for-Rometti-Umbertide,-circa-1930

Dante Baldelli Ceramic Vase for Rometti

Umbertide, circa 1930

 

 

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An enameled cooper vase. Design by M. Pinoteau. Hand made by Camille Fauré, Limoges, France.

Transitional piece integrating both Art Nouveau and Deco.

Art 1900, 1stDibs

 

 

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Art Deco parrot figure clock

circa 1930

 

 

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Silver bronze Art Deco figurine lamp– Fayral

 

 

 

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Art Deco Cat Lamp by Waylande Gregory for Cowan Pottery

1928

 

 

Art-Deco-stylised-bronze-by-Philippe-Devriez,-France-circa-1930

Art Deco stylised bronze sculpture by Philippe Devriez

France circa 1930

 

 

 

Art-Deco-Umbrella-Stand In the style of Franz Hagenauer - circa 1960s. Can also function as a vase

Umbrella Stand Art Deco in the style of Franz Hagenauer

circa 1960s.

 

 

 

Bronze-commemorative-medal-by-André-Lavrillier-and-Alfred-Janniot,-1930.-Monument-to-the-children-of-Nice-killed-in-World-War-I

Bronze commemorative medal by André Lavrillier and Alfred Janniot

1930

 

 

Clarice-Cliff,-Bizarre-ware.-Art-Deco-Tea-Set with angular handles

 Bizarre ware Art Deco Tea Set – Clarice Cliff

 

 

 

L'Aviation,-an-Art-Deco-bronze-sculpture-by-Frederic-Focht-(1879-1937)

‘L’Aviation’  – Art Deco bronze sculpture – Frederic Focht (1879-1937)

 

 

 

Cubist-art deco vase-by-Hem in black, gold and red

Cubist art deco vase by Hem

www.1930.fr

 

 

 

Rosenthal Dancer figurine

Rosenthal Egyptian dancer figurine

 

 

 

Art Deco-flapper-female-busts-Salt-Pepper dispensers

Flapper head shakers for salt and pepper

 

 

Jean-Gabriel-Domergue A lady spraying perfume - art deco

Jean Gabriel Domergue

 

 

 

Margaret-Bourke-White photo - set design for French casino cabaret

French Casino cabaret set

Photo – Margaret Bourke White

 

 


Maurice-Marinot-(French,-1882-1960),-Vase,-c 1928

Maurice Marinot glass vase

1928

Cleveland Museum of Art

 

SS-Normandie art deco dining room that seated 700

Art Deco dining room for 700 on the Ocean Liner Normandie

 

 

 

Normandie room - Caribbean-cruise-ship Celebrity's Summit

Salvaged Jean Dunard panels from the ill fated Normandie now in the Normandie Room of the Caribbean cruise ship Celebrity Summit

 

 

Female-bas-relief,-art-deco-detail,-Glavna-Pošta,-Podgorica-by-Paul-McClure-DC,-via-Flickr

Art deco female bas relief, Glavna Pošta, Podgorica, Montenegro

Paul McClure – flickr

 

 

Female-Figure-(1928)-Henry-Butler

Art Deco female figures – Henry Butler

1928

 

Gyula-Batthyany---Divathölgyek,-1932-körül Art Deco Ladies in satin and furs

‘Fashion Ladies’ – Gyula Batthyany, Hungry

1932

 

 

Ovoid Covered-Jar,-Clochettes,-Mauves---Cleveland-Museum-of-Art - Sèvres Factory (French);Agnes Moreau-Jouin (French);Henri Rapin

Ovoid lidded jar – French jazz age deco

1931    Height 17.75 inches

Sèvres Factory – designers: Agnes Moreau-Jouin, Henri Rapin

 

 

 

1951 Jaguar-Mark-7 Streamline Moderne

Jaguar Mark 7, 1951

I drove one of these for a few years, buying it when I was 18. I can’t say it was because of the fuel efficiency ( 14 mpg ) or the handling in city traffic and it wasn’t the zippiest – (0 – 60 mph in 13.7 seconds). It had no power steering and was a lumbering beast (nicknamed Sherman after Sherman Tank), especially when parking. But on the open highways it had serious cruising cred ( 3.4 litre engine) and the Art Deco streamline moderne profile was a visual treat. Not to mention the polished walnut dashboard, fold out cocktail bars and the lush leather seating.

 

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Jaguar Mark 7 interior

 

 

Jan-and-Joël-Martel-(1896-1966) Female-Nude-says-'the-UAM'-1931-height-81inches-Christies

Art Deco female nude sculpture – Jan and Joël Martel

1931  height 81 inches

Christies

 

Art-Deco-opalescent-glass-statuette-of-a-semi-clad-girl.-Signed-on-base-ETLING-FRANCE.-Circa-1930

Art Deco opalescent glass statuette of a semi-clad girl –  ETLING FRANCE

Circa 1930.

 

 

Frederick Rhead Art Deco red Phoenix-ovoid vase-for-Wardle,-c 1929

Frederick Rhead red Phoenix ovoid vase for Wardle

c 1929

 

 

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Cubist ‘La Femme au Cheval’ – (The Rider) – Jean Metzinger

1911-12

 

 

Art Deco sculpture NYC---Manhattan---Chanin-Building---Rene-Paul-Chambellan

Bronze Art Deco panel  –  Rene Paul Chambellan

Chanin Building- Manhattan, NYC

 

 

 

John Storrs - 1930, Christ for the Church of Christ the King, Cork, Ireland

Church of Christ the King – JohnStorrs

1930, Cork, Ireland

 

 

 

Leda-and-the-Swan,-1931-1932-designed-by-Viktor-Schreckengost-(American,-1906-2008),-made-at-Cowan-Pottery

‘Leda and the Swan’, designed by Viktor Schreckengost (American, 1906-2008), made at Cowan Pottery Studio

1931-1932

 

 

 

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Penthesilea – Queen of the Amazons – Marcel Bouraine

Galerie de Souzy

 

 

 

PIERRE-LENOIR-Gallerie-de-Souzy

Pierre Lenoir

Galerie de Souzy

 

 

Nora-Gulbrandsen art deco spherical ceramic vessel

Nora Gulbrandsen

 

 

 

rare Art Deco French bronze figure by Marcel-Andre Bouraine, circa 1925, cubist dancer

French Art Deco bronze figure by Marcel-Andre Bouraine

circa 1925

 

 

 

Melbourne-Collins-Street-Mosaic mural designed by Napier Waller in 1932.

Mosaic mural by Napier Waller – 1932

Collins Street, Melbourne, Australia

 

 

'Memphis'---Art-Deco-Teapot-by-Salins-Studio-France-by-meritandworth on etsy

Art Deco style teapot – Salins Studio France – 80’s

Memphis design group

sold by meritandworth- etsy

 

 

Meridian-Gallery---Art-&-Design-Marcel-Renard

Marcel Renard

Meridian Gallery

 

 

Rene-Buthaud with an art deco lidded vessel

Rene Buthaud French ceramicist

 

 

 

Rockefeller center Art Deco panel by Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi’s 9-ton stainless steel panel entitled News is above the entrance to 50 Rockefeller Plaza

 

 

NashvilleCourthouse Art Deco wall sculpture

Nashville Courthouse, 1937

Exterior sculpture & bronze doors by Rene Paul Chambellan.

 

 

 

Stylish-art-deco-french-spelter-and-ivorine-by-Menneville-circa-1930

French spelter and ivorine Art Deco figurine by Menneville

Circa 1930

 

 

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Art Deco lamp base – WMF, Geislingen

1933

 

 

 

 

NEXT POST – Inspired decor dynamics

 

The Art Of Convo

 

 

Christophe Charbonnel-Eurydice-III---Bronze sculpture bust

‘Eurydice III ‘ – Christophe Charbonnel

 

Conversation Art pieces

 

This is the second installment on art for conversation. All good art is worthy of conversation and aside from decoration, collectors are drawn to art for this reason. Provocative and grotesque art can be chosen for this purpose too, even if it solicits a derisive reaction. Desirable collections ideally stimulate intrigue and discourse. Art pieces of charm that capture a second glance. With an extra mention to the visionary, expressive, quirky, audacious, dark, light, original, riveting and subtle. This pretty much covers all bases, so if there is still no interest aroused after your decor efforts, then you might need to change your acquaintances when it comes to sharing your love of art. Or you can resort to decor pieces of a larger dimension, both physically and audaciously, that command attention, like the huge Ocumicho Mexican Diablo piece shown below or the Tony Merrithew ‘Fatguy II ‘ sculpture featured below. If that doesn’t jolt some interest, you might have to fall back on the holiday photo album. Or invest more time into your aesthetic choices or simply employ the services of an interior decorator. The last thing you want is for your guest to withdraw because of perceived questionable taste and avoid encroaching on the subject.

On a more serious note, I find that when I view art, I tend to initially scan it intuitively, with very little intellectual analysis coming into play. Intuition, in its mercurial way, decides whether it hits the zone or it doesn’t, in a span of a few seconds. Much more efficient and avoids the mental gyrations of intellectual choice. If my interest is piqued, I then might study the balance of form and colour, texture, spontaneity, uniqueness and if it’s uplifting or topical. Or sometimes, I just go straight to admiring the art wholistically for the beauty and genius of its creation. For reasons similar to this, some art connoisseurs might dislike a piece immediately and no amount of persuasion will lead to any further enlightenment.

Concentrating on the one theme for a room, can boost the wow factor, and have the impact of transporting you to another time. Always good for breaking down any convo barriers. I once saw a room decorated with an Orientalist style that had this effect. I have also seen numerous rooms that have been completely done out in Mid Century decor or Art Deco. They are always a source of wonder and admiration for the art and the effort involved. Conversely, having an antique or vintage piece juxtaposed against modern decor also has impact, but usually only a few pieces work in this context.

Presentation, lighting and placement also helps if your want to draw attention to an art piece. Try to avoid clutter, this has a tendency to overwhelm. Above all, find art you really love, your attraction to a piece can be just as appealing as the piece itself. After all the time and effort that can go into the acquisition of a piece of art, why shouldn’t you highlight and share its brilliance.

 

 

Gundi---Teardop---14x13x30

‘Teardrop’ – Gundi

14 x 13 x 30 inches

 

 

 

Ian-Godfrey-Flask-with-Beast

‘Flask with Beast’  – Ian Godfrey

 

 

 

KAREN-MORGAN-CERAMIST contemporary sculpture

Karen Morgan

 

 

 

Clouds pot - Kristina-Bogdanov--Delaware-Ohio

‘Clouds’ – Kristina Bogdanov

strictlyfunctionalpottery.net

 

 

Early-French-Art-Nouveau-Gilt-Bronze-Vase---Planter

French Art Nouveau gilt figural  planter

 

 

 

Marc-Chagall stone sculpture - 'Couple'

‘Couple’ – Marc Chagall

Camard & Associés

 

 

 

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‘Fairy Dance’ – Mark Chatterley

2007

Sculpturesite Gallery

 

 

 

 

Succulent---casey-hochhalter - Convolutions series ceramic sculptures

‘Succulent’ – Casey Hochhalter – Convolutions series

 

 

 

 

Randy-O'Brien red textured ceramic vessel

Randy O’brien

www.randyobrien.net

 

 

 

Huge-Ocumicho-Mexican-Diablo-Art-Pottery - TwoGuysAndADog - etsy

Huge Ocumicho Mexican Diablo Art Pottery

height 18 inches

TwoGuysAndADog – etsy

 

 

 

Carole A Feuerman - Double Diver, 2013-2014 bronze public sculpture

 ‘Double Diver –  Carole A Feuerman

2013-2014

 

 

 

Conversation Vase Lladro-(Manufacturer),-Jaime-Hayon-(Designer)

‘Conversation Vase’ by Jamie Hayon for  Lladro

 

 

 

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Abstract bronze sculpture – Rubino

Woodbury Auctions

 

 

Sandra-Byers - Tu Comprehendes

 ‘Tu Comprehendes’ – Sandra Byers

 

 

 

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‘Nest with Eggs III’ – Suzanne Stumpf

2011, 10″w x 2.5″h,

Altered wheelthrown with handbuilt components; porcelain and porcelain paperclay; oxidation fired to cone 10

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‘The Bird Of My Country’ wool tapestry- -Senegalese Decorative Arts

 

 

 

A-FRENCH-ART-DECO-CAMEO-GLASS-FLOOR-VASE-circa-1925,-with-cut-design-of-leaping-gazelles-on-an-acid-finish-ground

Large French Art Deco Cameo glass floor vase with cut leaping gazelles

1925

 

 

Brassaï-(Gyula-Halász),-Untitled-(Futurist-hair-creation-by-Antoine,-Paris),-1930Futurist-hair-creation-by-Antoine,-Paris

Futurist hair creation by Antoine of Paris

Photo by George Brassai, 1930

 

 

 

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French Sarreguemines Vase

19th Century

 

 

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Calvin Ma

 

 

 

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A break on the set of Marie Anoinette – Sofia Coppola’s 2006 movie

 

 

 

Peter_Purves_Smith_-_New_York,_1936 - surrealism

‘New York’ – Peter Purves Smith

1936

 

 

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Paul Bogatay Figural Ceramic Sculpture

USA  1930s

Alan Moss, NY

 

 

 

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Modernist copper sculpture – Paul Evans

1960’s

Rago Arts and Auction

 

 

Pablo-Picasso-(Spanish,-1881-1973),-‘Buste-de-Femme-d'apres-Cranach-le-Jeune,’-1958,-linoleum-cut-Galerie-Louise-Leiris

‘Buste de Femme d’apres Cranach le Jeune – Pablo Picasso

1958 linoleum cut

Galerie Louise Leiris

 

 

 

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‘Mermaid’ – Victor Bertolotti ex Lenci Artist

1940s

 

 

 

'Achat'-(2012)-by-German-ceramic-artist-Pauline-Ullrich

‘Achat’ – Pauline Ulrich

2012

 

 

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Bohemian Amphora Art Nouveau jug

 

 

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‘Zsa Zsa’ – Suzy Birstein, Vancouver

 

 

 

Totem-with-snake-by-Ernst- Neizvestny-from-barbarian-art-gallery

‘Totem With Snake’  –  Ernst Neizvestny

 

 

 

Cris Pereby sculptures-_-Belgium-

Cris Pereby, Belgium

 

 

 

Elaine-Brewer-White seated female scupture

Elaine Brewer White

 

 

Enno-Jäkel two ceramic vessels

Enno Jäkel, Germany

 

 

Blown-in-the-wind-series-raku female figure iby Corrie-Ariens

Blown in the wind series – Corrie Ariens raku figure

 

 

 

Studio-Art-Pottery-Vase.-Mottled-sage-green-and-black.-No-marks.-Flat.-Slender.-Bud-vase.-Sculptural

Vintage flat slender bud vase with abstract wavy decor

CorneliasVintage – etsy

 

 

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‘Fatguy II ‘ – Tony Merrithew

Character sculpture from the movie Coraline

 

 

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Teresa Girones- chien 2

 

 

 

Ballerina-Tamara-Karsavina ceramic figurine---Lomonosov-Makassar-Gallery

Figurine of Russian ballerina Tamara Karsavina from Lomonosov

Makassar Gallery

 

 

See the first installment Convo rescue interior decorating

 

 

 

 

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Contemporary Ceramique La Borne

 

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Jean and Jacqueline Lerat, 1969

  Magen H Gallery

 

 

7 centuries of pottery crafts

 

La Borne has been an active pottery center since the 13th century. Known for centuries as a “Village de Potiers,” La Borne is nestled in the environs of lush forests, over 3000ft above sea level in the Berry province of Central France. Currently it is the epicenter for around 100 active potters and their workshops, drawn to the area for its rich tradition of woodfired stoneware and a pioneering creative spirit. A Contemporary Ceramics Center has also been established in La Borne since 2010 that provides workshops, exhibition space and the ability to liaise with local potters and tap into their rich clay art tradition. Close by are other pottery centres such as Nevers and Gien and it’s also nearby beautiful middle-age city of Bourges

In the 15th century, the La Borne potters mastered the technique of firing the excellent local clays to a temperature of 1280C to create waterproof qualities for their pots. The local fine anthracite clays react wonderfully to long firings with wood, possibly due to it containing iron pyrites. This led to the production of quality utilitarian wares and other hand-thrown and sculpted forms. A pottery-making tradition in La Borne flourished over the centuries, with technical skills and knowledge being passed down to new generations of potters.

 

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Expo au Centre Céramique Contemporaine de La Borne

Photo – Patrice Régnier

The early part of the 20th century saw a decline in demand for the La Borne wares with the popularity of new materials like aluminum and glass, with streamlined designs, used for the creation of utilitarian wares. Numerous workshops closed down, and the huge wood-burning kilns fell into disuse. While in 1914, 14 furnaces were in operation, by 1950 there remained only four. Simultaneously, a renaissance was occurring through the wave of new designers, ceramicists and sculptors that came to settle in La Borne during the German Occupation n the 1940‘s. These innovative artists succeeded in uniting modern art with the traditional stoneware, by highlighting its strength, earthy colors and textures with revolutionary shapes and glazes. This inspired  a liberating approach to the ceramic arts that has continued to develop throughout the 50‘s and 60‘s and beyond.

This started in 1941 with the arrival of artists Jean and Jacqueline Lerat, who came to study traditional ceramic techniques and eventually adapted this into a freer artistic expression. Other French and international artists such as Paul Beyer, André Rozay and Vassil Ivanoff arrived in 1946 followed by Pierre Mestre, Elisabeth Joulia, Yves et Monique Mohy, Anne Kjaersgaard, Jean Linard and Claudine Monchaussé coming to join this Post War ceramic movement. They made a significant contribution to elevating the language of ceramics design into a serious art form.
In 1987 the Musée de la Poterie, was founded to protect the local heritage, and has managed to assemble a remarkable collection of ancient items such as salting jars, oil containers, pitchers, finials and vases that were made locally.
La Borne still continues to be a thriving pottery precinct and a collection of pieces from the local  artists are on display below.

 

France-La-Borne-pottery atelier

La Borne’s wooded laneways are scattered with lots of pottery workshops.

 

 

Nearby to la borne - Sancerre-vineyards

Sancerre vineyards are nearby to La Borne

 

 

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Yves Monty, 1974

 

 

 

Sculpture-(1990)---Elisabeth-Joulia---Photographie-de-Thibault-Breton---Mouvements-Modernes

Elisabeth Joulia

1990

Photographie de Thibault Breton

 

 

 

Alicia-Rochina ceramic dish

Ceramic berry bowl – Alicia Rochina

 

 

 

Alicia-Rochina--garden planter

Alicia Rochina

 

 

 

Anne-Reverdy - charger with motif bust of woman in black

Anne Reverdy

 

 

 

Bernard-David - strong textured vessel

Bernard David

 

 

 

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‘At the edge of landscape II’ –7 series, Brigitte Marionneau

2014  height-36cm

 

 

 

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‘Mask, 3-III Series’ – Brigitte Marionneau

2010  h.32cm

photo – Pascal Vangysel

 

 

Charlotte-poulsen-Giraffe sculpture

Charlotte Poulsen

 

 

Charlotte-poulsen--ceramic-animal

Charlotte Poulsen

 

 

 

Christine-Limosino-Favretto ceramic dish

Christine Limosino Favretto

 

 

 

Claude-Gaget - ceramique tree sculpture

Claude Gaget

 

 

 

Claude-Voisin--

Claude Voisin, Bourges

After more than 3 years of experimental theater, jazz dance, African dance, and after more than 30 years of architecture, Claude Voisin egan creating ceramic sculptures in 2000.

 

 

Claude-Voisin---ceramique- sculptures

Claude Voisin

 

 

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Claude Voisin

 

 

 

Claudie-Guillaume-Charnaux triangular ceramic box

Claudie Guillaume Charnaux, Morogues

 

 

 

Corinne-Decoux--textured-sculptural-ceramic

Corinne Decoux, Saint Satur

 

 

 

Corinne-Decoux--studio-vessels

Corinne Decoux, Saint Satur

 

 

La-Borne-old pottery kiln

La Borne kiln

 

 

dalloun-2011

Dalloun, La Borne

Dalloun likes to  explore a forgotten technique which is very very old (2500 years): sigillata earth – the many opportunities for cooking and the infinite variety of wild clays, provides a wealth of colors and tones, thanks to the iron oxide present in the earth.

 

 

Dalloun--infinite-variety-of-wild-clays,-provides-a-wealth-of-colors-and-tones,-thanks-to-the-iron-oxide-present-in-the-earth

Dalloun, La Borne

 

 

 

Dalloun-French contemporary ceramic cup

Dalloun, La Borne

 

 

 

David-Louveau-de-La-Guigneraye ceramiste a La Borne

David Louveau

Photos Pascal Vangysel

 

 

 

David_Louveau_punchong vessel French ceramique

David Louveau – punchong vessel

 

 

 

David-Louveau-de-La-Guigneraye8

David Louveau

 

 

 

David-Whitehead-- ceramic sculpture

David Whitehead

 

 

 

Eric-Astoul----abstract sculptural ceramic

Eric Astoul

Technique: Wood Baking anagama, 1300c, 5-6 days

Photo – Pascal Vangysel

 

 

Eric-Astoul---photo by Pascal-Vangysel

Eric Astoul

Photo – Pascal Vangysel

 

 

Eric-Astoul-The-coloring-materials-and-parts-are-given-by-conducting-cooking-with-wood-oven-at-1300-°,-long-from-5-to-6-days

Eric Astoul

 

 

 

Eric-Astoul--www.astouleric.fr

Eric Astoul

www.astouleric.fr

 

 

Francine-Michel contemporary pottery

Francine Michel

 

 

 

Françoise-Blain-raku vessel

Raky vessel – Françoise Blain, Crézancy en Sancerre

 

 

François Maréchal-photo by Pascal-Vangysel

François Maréchal

 

 

 

Georges Sybesma-raku vase

Georges Sybesma

 

 

 

Georges-Sybesma-----La Borne ceramique

Georges Sybesma

 

 

 

Georges-Sybesma----incised surface vase

Georges Sybesma

 

 

 

Lucien-Petit raku ceramic sculpture

Lucien Petit

 

 

 

Lulu-Rozay pitcher

Lulu Rozay pitchet

 

 

Maya-Micenmacher-Rousseau-Photo by-Pascal-Vangysel

Maya Micenmacher Rousseau,  Ivoy le Pré

 

 

 

Nicolas-Rousseau-----French ceramic figurine

Nicolas Rousseau,  Ivoy le Pré

 

 

Nicolas-Rousseaul

Nicolas Rousseau

 

 

 

Pep-Gomez

Pep Gomez, Les Girardins

 

 

Seugho-Yang ceramic

Seugho Yang, Montigny

 

 

 

Seugho-Yang--teapot

Ceramic teapot – Seugho Yang, Montigny

 

 

Norwegian potter Svein-Hjorth-Jensen

 Svein Hjorth Jensen

 

 

 

Svein-Hjorth-Jensen----ceramic tile

 Svein Hjorth Jensen

 

 

Sylvie Rigal-ceramic bowl

Sylvie Rigal, Sens Beaujeu

 

 

Sylvie-Rigal ceramique sculpture

Sylvie Rigal, Sens Beaujeu

 

 

 

Viola Hering ceramic tray with rooster motif

Viola Hering

 

 

 

Hervé-Rousseau ceramic sculpture

Hervé Rousseau

 

 

Hervé-Rousseau----ceramic-sculpture

Hervé Rousseau

 

 

 

Isabelle-Coeur nude female sculpture

Isabelle Coeur

 

 

Jean-Guillaume-Man-With-Tie-photo-Claude-Friess

‘Man With Tie’ – Jean Guillaume

photo – Claude Friess

 

 

Isabelle-Pammachius ceramic tumblers

Isabelle Pammachius

Photo – Pascal Vangysel

 

 

 

Isabelle-Pammachius-

Isabelle Pammachius

 

 

 

Jacques-Laroussinie-Petite-Chapelle ceramic sculpture

‘Petite Chapelle’ – Jacques Laroussinie

 

 

 

Karina-Schneider raku ceramic bottle

Karina Schneider, La Gibonnière

 

 

 

Karina-Schneider--lidded ceramic vessel

Karina Schneider, La Gibonnière

 

 

Jean-Luc-Belleville-Pascal-Vangysel Dragon standing on a ball sculpture

Dragon – Jean Luc Belleville

Photo – Pascal Vangysel

 

 

 

Labbrigitte- ceramic dog figurine

Labbrigitte

 

 

Labbrigitte--colorful ceramic birthday cake

Labbrigitte

 

 

Labbrigitte--ceramic figurine

Labbrigitte

 

 

Suzanne-Daigeler footed crescent moon ceramic vessel

Suzanne Daigeler footed ceramic vessel

 

 

 

la_borne-Cathederal-de-Linard - mosaic facade, sculpture garden

‘Cathederal de Linard’ with mosaic facade –   La Borne 

 

More information on all the above artists can be seen here

La Borne Ceramique Contemporaine website

 

 

 

 

 Next post – The Art of convo

 

Awesome Horses In The Arts

 

ART-DECO-STYLE-BRONZED-METAL-FEMALE-NUDE-ON-HORSE-BY-C.-CHARLES.-Mid-20th-Century

Female nude on horse – Art Deco sculpture by C.Charles

Mid 20th Century

 

Equine Arts:

The horse is such a graceful, elegant looking animal, its hard to imagine it has the strength to be mobilized as a beast of burden. Being blessed with superb form and proportion, its been a favorite subject with artists over the ages, and next to man, the most portrayed. The evolution of man from barbarism to civilization carries the horse hoof footprint along with it. The more successful early civilizations were all accomplished horse owners and breeders that cleverly exploited them for advantage.

In the Iliad , Homer describes four in hand chariots, expert riding and skilful horsemanship being an accomplished art among the Greeks. The splendor and agility of the horse was on display in the widespread chariot races across the Roman Empire and horses played a crucial role in its expansion. Chariot racing was introduced into the Olympic games around 1450 BC. The success of Genghis Khan as a conqueror relied heavily on the strength and endurance of his horses.

As  spoils of war during Napoleon’s 1797 Austrian/Italian campaign, Bonaparte took the winged Lion of St. Mark and the four Corinthian horses from Venice as victory ornaments to place on top of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in Paris. Fortunately they were returned in 1815 after his defeat at Waterloo. These Corinthian horses were originally acquired by Venetian Crusaders during the Siege Of Constantinople in 1204. The famous gold gilded horses from the Hippodrome were sent back to Venice to adorn the facade of St Mark’s Basilica.

 

Natalia Vodianova, photographed by Annie Leibovitz -l “Grand Entrance” for Vogue USA

Annie Leibovitz  photo of Natalia Vodianova

Vogue USA

 

Da Vinci, Manet, Degas, Jacques Louis David, Odilon Redon, Guillaume Coustou, Eugene Delacroix and Franz Marc are some of the famous artists that created art inspired by horses. In the Baroque era, the tradition of equine portraiture was established, with artists such as Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck and Diego Velázquez portraying regal subjects atop their mounts. The horse loving German painter, Franz Marc, was less interested in depicting anatomical accuracy than in an evocation of the horses’ nature; for him, animals were better than humans for expressing a sense of the divine.

Da Vinci’s monumental equestrian statue was never completed in 1842 but it was replicated successfully in the late 20th century (see below). Isidore Bonheur was recognized for his French animalier sculptures and the most famous works he produced were of horses. Horse sculptures were widely represented in the Art Deco, Cubist and Orientalist arts.

Since the early cave art, there has been and will continue to be, a steady stream of artists creating art inspired by this majestic, loyal animal.

 

 

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Ancient Chinese horsehead

Guimet Museum – National Museum of Asian Arts

shenqi2006 – Flickriver

Giddydown !

The first time I rode a horse, without hardly any encouragement, it took off and bolted across a field, thrusting me into a state of adrenalin rush, white knuckle exhilaration and fear of the unknown, because when I pulled on the reins it seemed to go faster. Fortunately the open spaces stretched a long way and it eventually slowed down to a more casual pace where I felt I had some control and I settled into admiring the balance and fluidity of its movement.

 

 

Grazing Horses motif on Raku vessel - Nita Claise

 ‘Raku Cave Horse Bottle’ – Nita Claise, Indiana

Nita Claise site

 

 

 

Sterling Circus retro poster - clown riding a horse

Stirling Circus Poster

 

 

 

1317160648_www.nevsepic.com Painter Vladimir Romanovich Rasputin

‘Phaeton Son Of The Sun’ – Vladimir Romanovich Rasputin

 

 

 

Aline-Bernstein-Riders-1920-Papillon-Gallery - modernist bronze horse with two riders

‘Riders’ – Aline Bernstein

1920 – Papillon Gallery

 

 

 Horse head sculpture Designed by Andy Scott

‘The Kelpies’ – one of the two giant horse head sculptures standing next to the Forth and Clyde Canal in Falkirk, Scotland. Designed by Andy Scott, each installation is 30 meters high (99 feet) made from structural steel with a stainless steel cladding. It took around 7 years of development

 

 

Ernst Haas - Leaping Horse, Misfits - on the movie set of Misfits

‘Leaping Horse, Misfits’ – Ernst Haas – on the movie set for Misfits

1960 – Getty Images

 

 

 

Florence-Welch-of-Florence-+-the-Machine-took-to-her-high-horse-in-New-York-in-August-2012-for-a-special-edition-of-Vogue-Magazine,-..

Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine on a black stallion – New York, 2012 for Vogue

 

 

 

Basel,-Switzerland-Sculpture-by-Carl-Nathan-Burckhardt-called-Amazon,-Pferd-Führend-(An-Amazon-leading-a-horse)-Wayne-Hopkins-flickr--

Sculpture by Carl Nathan Burckhardt called ‘Amazon, Pferd Führend’ (An Amazon leading a horse)

Basel, Switzerland

Wayne Hopkins flickr

 

 

 

Blue-Mountain-Horses

Rudy Autio’s ‘Blue Mountain Horses’

 

 

 

Apollo's-Chariot,-1907---Odilon-Redon---WikiArt

‘Apollo’s Chariot’ – Odilon Redon — WikiArt

1907

the-siege-of-constantinople-1204-eugene-delacroix - venetian crusaders riding past the suffering inhabitants

‘The Siege Of Constantinople’, 1204 – Eugene Delacroix

Delacroix gave the invading Venetian Crusaders a dispassionate look as opposed to the compassionate response from the horse (click to enlarge)

 

 

venezia-horses-at-san-marcoHorses-on-Basilica-San-Marco-(c)2006-Randy-D

Venezia horses at San Marco Basilica, Italy

 (c)2006 Randy D. Bosch

Attributed to the 4th century BC Greek sculptor Lysippos. Others claim that the sculptures may have been brought from the Greek Island of Chios by Theodosious II in the 5th century,

 

 

French-entering-Venice,-1797 Gondolas and Napoleon entering Venice on the canals

Gondola invasion – Napoleon and French troops entering Venice, 1797

 

 

 

end-of-the-trail-sculpture-chief-john-big-tree-by-james-earle-fraser-1915-shaler-park-waupun-wi

‘End of the Trail Sculpture’. Chief John Big Tree by James Earle Fraser

1915 ~ Shaler Park, Waupun, Wisconsin

 

 

 

Ceramic-Sculpture-Created-by-Jeri-Hollister

Jeri Hollister horse sculpture

 

 

Charlemagne-Statue-Charles The Great

Charlemagne (Charles The Great) Statue

 

 

Cut Loose_bronze horses sculpture - Wayne Selge-EISENHAUER-GALLERY

‘Cut Loose’ – Wayne Selge

Eisenhauer Gallery – 1stDibs

 

 

Cypriot-horse-and-rider sculpture Met

Cypriot  horse and rider sculpture

Met, NY

 

 

Dominique-Pouchain - bronze sculpture of a lady standing on the back of a horse

‘Child and bird’ – Dominique Pouchain

 

 

 

Bronze-statue---Dynamic-depiction-of-a-samurai-on-a-horse-in-gallop,-on-a-circular-base

Bronze statue – Dynamic depiction of a samurai on a galloping horse, on a circular base

 

 

 

driftwood-sculptures-by-jeffro-uitto-knock-on-wood

‘Knock On Wood’ driftwood sculptures by Jeffro Uitto

 

 

 

Elaborate-Embroidered-Indian-Needlework wall art

Embroidered Indian Needlework

 

 

 

Epic-Kazakh Golden Eagle hunters- on horseback on the steppes

Kazakh Golden Eagle hunters on horseback

 

 

Fate OF The Animals-Franz-Marc-one of the key figures of the German Expressionist movement.

‘Fate Of The Animals’ – Franz Marc

The horse-loving German painter Franz Marc was, with Wassily Kandinsky, a founding member of The Blue Rider − an innovative expressionist movement that privileged abstracted forms and bold colors that they believed had spiritual significance

 

 

 

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy - photographed by Rob Sheridan

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy, 2009

Photo Rob Sheridan

 

 

Flags-Monument-in-Ibirapuera-Park-.Monument to the Bandeirantes

The ‘Monument to the Bandeiras’, a stone sculpture group by Victor Brecheret, located in São Paulo, Brazil

 

 

 

Giddyap_Wayne-Salge - bronze sculpture of a man riding a horse

‘Giddyap’ – Wayne Salge

 

 

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G. Harvey – ‘Pullin’ Leather’ bronze statue

Whistle Pik Galleries, 1st.Dibs

 

 

The-American-Horse-(August-2010,-Meijer-Gardens-&-Sculpture-Park,

Milan, Italy and Grand Rapids, Michigan are the only two cities that have the world’s largest horse sculptures (of equal size) designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. Milan has ‘Il Cavallo’ and the other Da Vinci horse sculpture can be found at Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids. After designing the monumental horse sculpture, DaVinci had to wait for the bronze, so he started his painting “The Last Supper.” Due to complications, namely the Second Italian War, the horse was never created.

 

 

Horse-sculpture-at-Frederik-Meijer-Gardens,-Grand-Rapids,-MI-by-wsilver---flickr

Frederick Meijer Gardens horse sculpture

Wayne Silver —flickr

 

 

 

Ceramic horse figurine by Jenny Southam

Jenny Southam

 

 

Horse-sculpture-Las-Vegas by Wangstone

Horse sculpture outside the Wynn in Las Vegas.

Wangstone

 

 

 

Horse-wall-sculpture-with-flowing-mane-and-tabletop-with-square-base,-Los-Angeles,-CA,-1969-1984-C

Metal horse sculpture on wood base – C. Jere –  ARTISAN HOUSE

Rago Auctions

 

 

 

jian-wei-Bronze-copper-horse sculpture 28cm-height

Bronze copper rearing horse sculpture – Jian Wei

28cm-height

 

 

 

- John Storrs (1885–1956) Study for a Monument to Walt Whitman, ...-1919–1920-Bronze

Bronze Art Deco “Winged Horse” –  Study for a Monument to Walt Whitman – John Storrs

1919–1920

 

 

 

Manlio-Trucco-(1884-1974)-nude-female-centaur.-On-the-back,-incidentally-signature-and-initials,-Albisola

Manlio Trucco-(1884-1974) –  Nude female riding centaur –  ceramic charger

Albisola, Italy 1930

 

 

 

Marie-Prett - nude girl riding a white horse with green eyes

Girl riding a white horse – Marie Prett

 

 

 

Michael-Kay ceramic vessel with three athletic figures and a horse

Michael Kay ceramic vessel

 

 

SF-World-Horse-Power-Nic-Fiddian-Green--Spinnocchia-Freund.com

British sculptor Nic Fiddian Green

 

 

 

Jacques_Lipchitz,_1914,_Acrobat_on_Horseback_(Acrobate_à_cheval)

‘Acrobat on Horseback’ – Jacques Lipchitz

1914

 

 

 

Painted-faience-charger-with-Lady-Godiva,-Wisconsin,-1950-Aaron-Bohrod

Painted faience charger with Lady Godiva – Aaron Bohrod

Wisconsin, 1950

 

 

Peter-Corlett-sculpture at The Australian Soldier Park, Israel

Peter Corlett sculpture

The Australian Soldier Park, in Beersheba, Israel is dedicated to the memory of the Australian Light Horse regiments, that captured the town from the Ottoman Empire during World W1 This also included a desperate cavalry charge of 800 men and horses across naked ground swept by artillery and machine-gun fire, to reach water wells before they were poisoned. This occurred  after they had just crossed the Sinai Desert and hadn’t had water for 48 hours.

 

 

Polia-Pillin-glazed-ceramic-spherical-vase with illustration of a girl in a chariot

Polia Pillin glazed ceramic spherical vase

 

 

 

Primavera-Ceramic-Vase with a man riding a horse decorative motif,-Paris,-1950s

Primavera Ceramic Vase with a man riding a horse decorative motif

Paris 1950s

 

 

Ride of the Valkyrie.-Stephan Sinding/Paris, 1908, --Sotheby-s

‘Ride of the Valkyrie’ – Stephan Sinding

Martyn Cook Antiques, Rushcutters Bay, AU 1stDibs

Sinding was a sculptor of international repute, a native of Norway whose formative years were spent in Berlin before he married a Dane and settled in Paris. The Valkyrie depicts the Wagnerian heroine Brunhilde sweeping down the mountain, speeding on her furious steed in fierce anticipation of battle below. Bröchner recounts that Sinding took a studio halfway up the Boulevard de Raspail especially so he could study horses going downhill. He spent hours in observation until one day a Normandy stallion became restive right outside his window. He seized the opportunity to sketch the bared teeth and peculiar expression that is the hallmark of this wild and wind-swept creature.

 

 

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His compatriot Edgar Degas may have painted more horse races, but in Manet’s frank, modern depiction of a day at the track in Paris’s Bois de Boulogne he captures the rise of a new class: the leisure-loving bourgeoisie. Manet places the viewer right at the finish line, with the horses charging towards us, blurring together in a cloud of beige and brown.

 

 

Raku,-Raven's-Mane,-large-horse-sculpture,-by-Leslie-Ahrens

Raku, ‘Raven’s Mane’ , large horse sculpture bust by Leslie Ahrens

 

 

 

Rock-Art-Mare-Itch-star-york-sculpture

Sculptured mare ‘Itch’  – Star Liana York

 

 

 

Emmanuel Kieffer large size horse sculpture

Emmanuel Kieffer

 

 

 

Salvador-Dali’s-remarkable--Santiago-El-Grande-(1957)

Salvador Dali’s  Santiago El Grande

1957

15 foot tall canvas – Atlanta’s High Museum of Art

 

 

 

Saatchi-Art-Artist--Raimundo-Folch---The-abundance- man with a chariot drawn by two horses

‘The abundance’ – Raimundo Folch

Saatchi Art

 

 

 

SONJA-Katzin-born-1919-Man-and-Horse-Signed-Katzin.-Patinated-bronze,-height-107.5-cm--

‘Man and Horse’ – Sonja Katzin

height 107.5 cm

 

 

 

Solovaya-Svetlana - Solovaya Svetlana. Pippi Longstocking A girl with striped stokcings sitting on a horse with a teaset

Solovaya Svetlana. ‘Pippi Longstocking’

 

 

 

Springare-by-Stig-Lindberg,-1952

‘Springare’  – Stig Lindberg

 

 

 

STEFI-GRUENBERG---HORSES

Stefi Gruenberg

 

 

The-Chollima-Statue-in-Pyongyang-symbolizes-the-advance-of-Korean-society-at-the-speed-of-the-mythical-Chollima---Nicor-Wikimedia-Commons

The Chollima Statue in Pyongyang symbolizes the advance of Korean society at the speed of the mythical Chollima

Nicor – Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Vienna-Augarten-'Capriole'-Spanish-Horse-Riding-School-Figurine,-circa-1965-City-Antik---Vienna

Vienna Augarten ‘Capriole’ Spanish Horse Riding School Figurine

circa 1965

City Antik—Vienna – !stDibs

 

 

 

Rider-Lady-Tang-Dynasty-(618-906)-Seated-on-the-saddle-(remouvable-from-the-horse)-with-polychromy

Lady riding a horse – Tang Dynasty (618-906)

 

 

Gabriël-Sterk---Bronze-equine-study---fighting-stallions

Gabriël Sterk—Bronze equine study — Fighting Stallions

 

 

 

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‘The Unicorn’ – Salvador Dali

Art Science Museum, Singapore

 

 

 

Cavalier-Sao---Tchad bronze sculpture

Cavalier Sao —Chad, Africa

 

 

 

 

Alberto Masetti Collection

 

Galileo-Chini,-Cache-pot-with-sea-horses,

Cache pot with sea horses – Galileo Chini

C.1906-10 (design-phase) 1920 (realisation)

 

Italian 20th century ceramic collection

 

Alberto Masetti, who comes from Bologna in Italy, has a large private collection of over 100 pieces of contemporary ceramic art by renown Italian artists, mainly from the 20th century. He also collects Murano glass vases, ranging from Venini’s to Barovier’s, and wrist watches from the 60‘s. His wide heritage of experiences, commitment to aesthetics, knowledge of artworks and their history has combined into a desire to share this beauty through itinerant exhibitions.
Coming from a family of art lovers, he was surrounded by art as a child and his passion and appreciation for art objects developed from an early age. The creativity, innovation and genius of Italian art in the 20th century held the most captivation for Masetti, hence the collection. It includes pieces that reflect the development of modern ceramics as a sculptural medium, with vases that stand alone as decorative objects without any utilitarian application.
The collection embraces a diverse representation of different artists ranging from Galileo Chini, the initiator and great protagonist of the Italian ceramic movement of the 1900’s, to Riccardo Gatti, who experimented with numerous lustres and materials to modernist innovators like Guido Gambone, Marcello Fantoni and Antonia Campi. Each work in this collection has its own particular historical background and perfectly represents the evolution of majolica in Italy, with representatives, such as Giò Ponti, Fausto Melotti, and more sculptural artists like Bianchini, Matteucci, the visionary Onestini, Sassi, and other specific ceramicists like Gatti, Tramonti and Carlo Zauli.
Masetti’s collection is dedicated to the beautiful art of Italian pottery between 1900 and 1990, realized by 27 famous Italian artists and ceramicists. The exhibition offers a major selection of art objects which, in the interwar and postwar periods, defined the artistic panorama where many artists became confident with the materiality of clay and used it as a mean of expression to overcome the limits of the academic categories of arts, crafts and design.

 

 

Carlo-Zauli,-Baluster Vase-with-depiction-of-warriors,-1952-Height-35cm

Baluster Vase with depiction of warriors – Carlo Zauli

1952- Height 35cm

 

 

 

Ceramiche-Minghetti,-freeform Vase-with-decoration-in-relief,-Middle-of-the-1950s-H47.5cm

Ceramiche Minghetti – freeform vase with relief decoration

Middle of the 1950’s  – Height 47.5cm

 

 

 

Marcello Fantoni, Vase with female figures in relief, Early 1950s baluster shape

Marcello Fantoni, Vase with female figures in relief

Early 1950s

 

 

Domenico Matteucci, Vase with abstract decoration, FAENZA, c. 1962-63

Vase with abstract decoration – Domenico Matteucci

FAENZA, c. 1962-63

 

 

 

Fausto-Melotti,-SHELL-Polychromatic-Enamelled-Ceramic,-MILANO,-1960s

Fausto Melotti, SHELL Polychromatic Enamelled Ceramic Shell

MILAN, 1960s

 

 

 

Domenico Matteucci, Yellow Vase withgreen female figure, c. 1962-63

 Yellow Vase with green  female figure motif – Domenico Matteucci

c. 1962-63

 

 

Giacomo-Onestini,-Spaceship sculpture -1972-H50cm

‘Spaceship’ sculpture – Giacomo-Onestini

 1972 – Height 50cm

 

 

 

Giò Ponti Milano, Vase with unicorns, multi-colour earthenware, 1930

Vase with unicorns, multi-colour earthenware,designed by Giò Ponti, produced by  Richard Ginori

Milano,  1930

 

 

Guerrino Tramonti, Green ceramic pouring vessel with female face motif in black, Early 1950s

 Green ceramic pouring vessel with female face – Guerrino Tramonti

Early 1950s

 

 

Guerrino-Tramonti,-Vase-with-cat,-fish,-pear-and-sun,-First-half-of-the-1950s

Guerrino Tramonti, Vase with cat, fish, pear and sun

First half of the 1950s

 

 

 

Alberto-Masseti at exhibition

Alberto Masetti, Bologna

 

 

 

Guerrino-Tramonti,-Vase-with-evocative-graphic-finishing,-Early-1950s

Guerrino Tramonti, Modernist vase with sun-moon graphic

Early 1950s

 

 

 

Guido-Gambone,-Vase-in-the-shape-of-a-flask,-End-of-the-1950s

Guido Gambone, Vase in the shape of a flask

End of the 1950s

 

 

 

Marcello-Fantoni,-Abstract-Mask-in-polychromatic-maiolica,-1950s

 Abstract Mask in polychromatic maiolica, Marcello Fantoni,

1950’s

 

 

 

Guido-Gambone,-Vase-with-fascia-decoration,-End-of-the-1950s

Guido Gambone, Vase with fascia decoration

End of the 1950s. Height 47.5cm

 

 

 

Pietro-Melandri,-orange Vase-with- black gazelles,-First-half-of-the-1930s-Lustre-Majolica-H29cm

Lustre Majolica Vase with gazelles – Pietro Melandri

First half of the 1930’s –  Height 29.5cm

 

 

 

Riccardo-Gatti,-Vase-in-a-zoomorphic-form,-with-a-triangular-base,-FAENZA,-1950s

Bird vase in a zoomorphic form, with a triangular base – Riccardo Gatti

Faenza, Italy – 1950’s

 

 

 

Riccardo-Gatti,-Vase-with-abstract-decorations,-End-of-1960s

Vase with abstract decorations – Riccardo Gatti

End of 1960s

 

 

Richard-Ginori-Giò-Ponti,-White Vase-with-gilded-handles,-1930s-H33cm

 Vase with gilded handles – Richard Ginori and Giò Ponti

1930s Height 33cm

 

 

 

Guido-Gambone,-Vase-decorated-with-ears-of-wheat,-Middle-of-the-1950s

Vase decorated with ears of wheat – Guido Gambone

Mid 1950s

 

 

Rometti-Manufacture,-Umbertide-Perugia-decoration-'Umbrian-landscape',-1930

 Perugia decoration ‘Umbrian landscape’ – Rometti Manufacture, Umbertide

1930

 

 

Leonardi-Leoncillo,---Abstract Sculpture-in-enamelled-terracotta-with-polychromatic-glazing,-From-1953

Sculpture in enamelled terracotta with polychromatic glazing – Leonardi Leoncillo

From 1953

 

 

Ivos-Pacetti,-Vase-with-geometrical-decorations-in-relief,-ALBISOLA,-1923-1924

Spherical vase with geometrical decorations – Ivos Pacetti

AAlbisola, Italy, 1923-1924

 

 

 

Carlo-Zauli,-Vase-with-decoration-in-relief,-1955-moulded-maolica-H47

Footed vase with decoration in relief,  moulded maiolica – Carlo Zauli,

1955 –  Height 47.5cm

 

 

 

Lenci-Ceramiche-Torino,-decoration-'the-storm',-1931-25

Lenci Ceramiche  vase –  ‘the storm’

Torino,  1931  – Height 25.5cm

 

 

Arturo-Martini,-White sculpture-in-stoneware-“La-Pietà”,-From-1941-30

Arturo Martini sculpture in stoneware “La Pietà”

From 1941- height 30.5cm

 

 

 

Pale green glazed vessel - Guerrino-Tramonti,--1966

Guerrino Tramonti –1966

 

 

 

Agenore-Fabbri,-Ceramic-Vase-with-perforated-body-decorated-with-geometrical-motifs,-1953

Agenore Fabbri, Ceramic Vase with perforated body decorated with geometrical motifs

1953

 

 

 

CARLO-Zauli,-Red vase-with-abstract-decoration,-1955

CARLO Zauli, Vase with abstract decoration, 1955

 

 

 

02_Campi_1950 Antonia-Campi,-Vase,-S.C.I

Antonia Campi Vase

1950

 

 

 

Marcello Fantoni, Warrior Figurative Polychromatic Maiolica Vase, c. 1956

Warrior figurative motif maiolica vase  Marcello Fantoni,

c. 1956

See more of the Masetti collection here 

 

More Italian 20th century modern ceramics

 

Galileo-Chini---vase with geometric eagles decoration c1903-1910

Vase with geometric eagles decoration – Galileo Chini

circa 1903-1910

 

 

 

Gambone-guido-1909-1969-italy-pied-de-lampe-ca1960

Guido Gambone Italian modernist geometric ceramic lamp base

circa 1960

 

 

Giorgio-Zennaro-(Italian

Giorgio Zennaro, 1979

Rago Auctions

 

 

gambone-guido-1909-1969-italy-taureau-ca1950

‘Taureau’ – Guido Gambone

ca 1950

 

 

 

ITALIAN-MODERNIST-VASE.It-is-handbuilt with "chamotte" finish - Aldo Londi

Chamotte textured vase with abstract horse motif – Aldo Londi ?

 

 

 

Paolo-Venini--Venini-Pair-Of-Clear-Glass-Obelisks

Pair Of Clear Glass Obelisks – Paolo Venini

Rago Auctions

 

 

 

Fausto-Melotti-Vaso-Ceramica--modern contemporary ceramic

Fausto Melotti