Decorative French Ceramic Tureen / Table Centrepiece by Fernande Kohler (circa 1960s)
Decorative French Ceramic Tureen by Fernande Kohler (c. 1960s). Fired Chamotte clay forms the structure of this delightful soup tureen and table centrepiece. The earthenware is accented both on the base and the lid by hand-decorated coloured enamel in various geometric shapes. Rustic in appearance combined with Southern French charm. The piece is visually stunning, tactile and weighty. It is in good overall condition. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video may be provided. Signed on the underside: 'F. Kohler Vallauris'.
Unfortunately, very little is know about this ceramicist other than they were in Vallauris. As background, in 1948 Picasso came to live in Vallauris, where he stayed until 1955. During his time in the town, he developed a fascination for the techniques of ceramics and linocuts. A freeman of the town, Picasso greatly contributed to the renaissance of the Vallauris pottery industry in the 1950s, this legendary golden age when everyone was a potter, including famous ceramicists Roger Capron. Many inhabitants still evoke his presence.
H 26 cm / 10.2" (from bottom to top of lid)
W 32 cm / 12.6" (from handle to handle)
D 26 cm / 10.2"