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Decorative French Ceramic Bowl by Mado Jolain (circa 1950s)


SKU 1168

French vintage ceramic bowl with decorative silhouette and abstract motif attributed to Mado Jolain (circa 1950s). Elegant and beautiful in all its simplicity, this rare ceramic is both a work of art and a collector's dream. The painted spherical base has taken inspiration from Picasso's artworks of the period as the figure in profile resembles the style of some of his well known works. It is likely this was painted by her husband, the French artist, René Legrand. In overall good vintage condition. The reverse base has four small holes for hanging cords and shows some blemishing associated with age but not affecting the overall beauty of the piece. The piece is unsigned but undoubtedly attributed to Mado Jolain. Upon request a video may be provided.

About the Artist: Mado Jolain (1921-2019) "followed the evolution of pottery-making in her own era with talent from the start of her career until her retirement. Over a period of 17 years, from her first utilitarian pieces imbued with the mood of the immediate post-war period, to her last pieces with their more architectural bias, she developed just that economy of means which prevents pottery from becoming trapped in a time-warp and from becoming dated with the passing of time. If some of her pieces may seem too simple, that does not make them facile; rather, they bear witness to her humility as a potter and to her desire to make her work accessible." (Ref: French Pottery of the 50s by Pierre Staudenmeyer). She was married to French artist, René Legrand. 


H 4.0 cm / 1.6"

W 19.5 cm / 7.7"

D 17.0 cm / 6.7"