Roger Capron – vivacious Vallauris ceramics

 

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‘Hopping’ – Roger Capron

 

 

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Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron

 

Capron:  exemplary Mid-Century modernist designer

 

The Mid Century ceramic art of Roger Capron embodied the vibrant spirit and verve of Vallauris and the Cote d’ Azur. He took over an abandoned pottery studio at the age of 24 in Vallauris, France, where he worked with Robert Picault and then Jean Derval. Capron’s ceramic workshop, known as ‘l`Atelier Callis’, contributed to the renaissance of ceramics in Vallauris and at its peak employed over 120 ceramicists. He eventually expanded his production of vases, pitchers and other functional wares to include coffee tables with hand glazed tiles , lamp bases, wall plaques and other interior decor objects along with sculptural statues for public installations. Roger Capron’s pottery venture thrived and experienced considerable benefit from the post war reconstruction period and the explosion of consumerism that followed.

 

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Athena statue – Roger Capron, Vallauris

 

In 1948, two years after Capron had arrived, Picasso at the age of 65, turned his prodigious creative talents towards making pottery at the Madoura ceramic atelier with Suzanne and Georges Ramié in Vallauris. His reputation and poster designs in the early fifties for the annual exhibitions of the Association des Potiers de Vallauris, helped bring attention to the emerging pottery mecca of Vallauris and drew more visitors and artists to the region while also lifting the profile of the modernist ceramic arts.

Capron’s colourful, vivid and spontanoeus ceramic art clearly displayed a Picasso influence, while maintaining a distinctive Capron visage. He was dedicated to the ethos of the ceramic master René Gabriel, which was to “make beauty accessible to everyone.” Capron was one of the first to apply his knowledge of ceramics in the context of semi-industrial production and his ceramic oeuvre included much artistic research and innovation.
Before moving to Vallauris in 1946, he had studied Applied Arts in Paris from 1939 to 1943 and worked as an art teacher in 1945.
His contribution to the promotion of the appeal and beauty of abstract forms and illustration, expressed through the ceramic medium, is undeniable and it’s extremely pleasing to see his ceramic works getting wide recognition now and becoming eminently collectible.

 

 

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Whisky decanter – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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 Tiled dance floor mural at Byblos in Saint Tropez, 1968 by Roger Capron and Jean Derval.

 

 

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Tall white pitcher – Roger Capron

 

 

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Roger Capron pitcher

 

 

 

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Red baluster vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Free form bowl – Roger Capron

Gallerie Riviera, Paris

 

 

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Baroness’ – Roger Capron

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White quad footed ceramic ovoid dish – Roger Capron

 

 

‘Vase Fleur Bleue’ – Roger Capron

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Ceramic lamp shade – Roger Capron

Sam Kaufman

 

 

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Folded rim ceramic pot – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Claudia’  ceramic bust – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Rouge Bottle Set’ – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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White ceramic jug with orange interior glaze – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Female bird totem’ – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Personnage animal fantastique – Roger Capron

 

 

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Large cornet vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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 ‘Femme au Fauteuil’  folding screen – Roger Capron

1960

 

 

 

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‘Grand Profil Raye’ – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Harlequin’ – Roger Capron

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‘Flat Warriors’ plate – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Horned Wildlife’ – Roger Capron

rogercapron.com

 

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Coffee table ‘Navette’  – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Bottle vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Large ceramic bird plate – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Loiseau in his nest’ – Roger Capron

 

 

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Roger Capron sculptures, Biot, France

 

 

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Vallauris street sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron plate

 

 

 

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Female zoomorphic raku sculpture Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Ceramic horse sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron – reclining female sculpture

 

 

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Roger Capron ceramic panel

 

 

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Bowl and vase – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Zoomorphic Rooster – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Mosaic mural – Roger Capron

 

 

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Raku female sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Femme Gravee Philippe – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Kneeling juggler sculpture by Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Abstract ceramic bust Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Vallauris studio – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Femme au lit’ – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Women wearing gown – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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‘Yellow Bird Vase’ – Roger Capron

1958-

Galerie Sandy- Toupenet, Paris

 

 

 

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Zoomorphic fish sculpture – Roger Capron

 

 

 

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Tripod red vase – Roger Capron

 

 

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‘Double Dove’ sculpture bust – Roger Capron

 

Other Vallauris ceramic masters

 

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Ceramic sculpture – Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

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Painted wood ‘Centaur’ sculpture – Picasso

 

 

 

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Ceramic pitcher – Pablo Picasso

Hermatige, Saint Petersburg

 

 

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Pol Chombost figural vase

 

 

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‘Sylvette’ sculpture bust – Picasso

 

 

 

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Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1956

 

 

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Vallauris poster by Picasso, 1957

 

 

 

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Ceramic mask – Pablo Picasso

 

 

 

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Ceramic bottle with square modernist panel – Jean Derval

 

 

 

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‘God of Ceramics’ – Francois Raty

( I always wondered what he looked like)

 

 

 

 

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Abstract sculptural ceramic bottle – Jean Derval

 

 

 

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‘Les Femmes d’Alger’  – Picasso

Christies

 

 

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Picasso’s War & Peace mural in the chapel at Vallauris

 

 

 

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‘Pintade’  coupe – Jean Derval

Vallauris, 1961

 

 

 

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Gilbert Portanier

artentique.nl

 

 

 

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Gilbert Valentin pitcher

 

 

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Pitcher – Picasso

 

 

 

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Vallauris fish jug

Carvajal Auctions

 

 

 

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Jean River

 

 

 

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Twin figure modernist sculptural lamp base by Gilbert Valentin, France

 

 
 

 
 

 

 

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