This beautiful and undulating work of 1960s contemporary design is by ceramics studio FPP (Faiences et Poteries Provençales) of Vallauris, France. The studio was a collaboration between two ceramists Jean Rossignol and Jean Calvas-Blanchon.
Artistic ceramics began to emerge from Vallauris from the end of the 19th century and was elevated further by the arrival of Picasso from 1948. This form of this particular piece is inspired by contemporary, often Cubist designs from Picasso around this time. From the asymmetrically positioned handles to the softly exaggerated curves, this piece shows off a multitude of sharp silhouettes which are only accentuated by the free-flowing semi-matte Tan glaze.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. There is mild wear in the form of movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with age. Please see photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the vase bears the inscription 'FPP, Vallauris, France, N15'
Height: c. 10.2" / 26 cm. Rim: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm diameter (widest point) x c. 3.9" / 10 cm. Base diameter: c. 3" / 7.6 cm x c. 2.8" / 7 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.0 kg / 935 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Vallauris Pottery Ceramics have always been part of the Vallauris region, however, artistic ceramics began to emerge from Vallauris from the end of the 19th century notably thanks to the Massier family. Other famous names include Delphin and Jérôme introduced coloured enamels and metallic pigments into their ceramics. The region's reputation was elevated further by the arrival of Picasso from 1948.
FPP (Faiences et Poteries Provençales) was founded c. 1950 by Jean Rossignol and Jean Calvas-Blanchon, the studio would produce ceramic art ware until its closure in 1967. Art ware produced ranged from using the traditional methods such as 'terres vernissées which often included touches of Art Deco style, through to more Modern, contemporary designs inspired by the likes of Picasso and experimentation with the popular Lava glaze decors.