French Mid-Century Ceramic Vase by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1960s)
Vintage French ceramic flower vase / cachepot by Alexandre Kostanda, Vallauris, France (circa 1960s). In his trademark natural clay and rustic style, Kostanda created beautifully original vessels, such as vases, pitchers and pots which were both utilitarian and stunning works of art. In addition to the classic shape in this case and earthy natural style, there are hints of green and yellow at the base adding to the charm of this piece. Tactile and visually alluring, these pieces are collected internationally by devotees of Kostanda, one of the founders of the Accolay workshops. In good overall condition. Signed on the bottom: 'A. Kostanda, Vallauris'. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request, a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Alexandre Kostanda (1924-2007) was an apprentice to Louis Giraud in Vallauris, France on the French Riviera. Kostanda later became head of the studio from 1949 to 1953 where his mother, Irene, had also worked for Giraud as a decorator. In 1953 Kostanda founded his own studio. He brought Cluny sandstone clay with him which supported higher cooking temperatures, mixing it with the soil from Vallauris. When others migrated towards bright, shimmering colours, Kostanda preferred to create with colours that retained the natural elements of the clay. His ceramics' rustic appearance surprises with its finesse and balance revealing an exceptional technical mastery of his art.
H 16.5 cm / 6.5"
D 13 cm / 5.1"