Vintage French Decorative Earthenware Pot by Jean Derval (circa 1960s)
Mid-Century French decorative earthenware pot with lid by Jean Derval (circa 1960s). A conical tajine form is seated on its pedestal decorated with a frieze of stylised plants. There are hues of green and brown on a rustically coloured background. Provence meets Morocco in the decor and shape. In overall fair condition. There are internal chips around the lip that are unseen when the removable cover is in place and one on the lower underside of the bulbous section. Please enjoy the many photos which accompany the listing. Signed on the underside base. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Jean Derval (1925-2010) went to Vallauris, France in 1947 where he worked initially with Roger Capron and Robert Picault. He met Picasso in 1949 in the famous Madoura workshop where he trained with the master for two years. He set up his own pottery in 1951 but occasionally worked for other potters including his brother-in-law, Gustave Reynaud (founder of Le Mûrier pottery). Derval was awarded a major prize by the Cannes International Academy of Ceramics in 1955 and other prestigious medals for his exhibitions in Europe. His work was also shown in New York and Chicago between 1956-1960. Derval won awards at several Vallauris Biennales and in 1998, he was the subject of a film made by Pierre Rémy. His skills as a graphic artist are evident in the bowls, vases and figurines he designed in the early 1950s, which often relate to religious work and to Romanesque art. Yet he was receptive to the lessons of Cubism as illustrated by the mutations of classic forms in many of his pieces. Far from ignoring the lessons of Abstraction, the decoration Derval used for vases, pitchers and bowls retained a warm friendliness sometimes mixed with highly stylised figurative motifs. His pieces are nearly always marked. They may bear the initials "JD" or the signature "Jean Derval" on one or two lines, or "Derval", painted under the glaze on the back. The signature "Jean Derval" on two lines in a square cartouche stamped in the clay and overglazed is not uncommon. Only a very few pieces are unsigned - some may bear the Le Mûrier Pottery mark (mulberry leaf). (Ref: French Pottery of the 50s by Pierre Staudenmeyer).
H 30 cm / 11.8"
W 33 cm / 13"
D 30 cm / 11.8"