Ceramic Oval Shaped Hand Mirror by François Lembo (circa 1960s)
Ceramic oval hand mirror by François Lembo (circa 1960s). A diminutive, elegant work of decorative art covered in gold crackle ceramic glaze. This piece is a perfect vintage accompaniment to a vanity or dressing table. Backing covered in faded green felt. In fair vintage condition commensurate with its age and usage. The gold crackle has several small characterful blemishes visible and the aged glass of the mirror showing some clouding and small spotting. Yet, the overall charm and its personality is undeniable. There is a small hanging attachment for placement on a wall. Upon request, a video of the piece may be provided.
About the Designer: A native of Vallauris François Lembo (1930 - 2013) started his pottery career in 1951 in the workshops of Calva and Rossignol. After his apprenticeship he worked for 3 years in his father-in-law, Marc Roussel's, studio, before opening his own in the famed town of Vallauris, France in 1960. The work of Roussel, influenced by Byzantine art, inspired Lembo to create mirrors, often decorated in the style of Russian icons. He produced a number of religious icons decorated with small ceramic beads and sold his work at "Terre de Provence" with considerable success in the 60s and 70s. He worked as a ceramicist for some 23 years and passed away in 2013. His son Renaud continues as a ceramicist in Vallauris.
H 21 cm (8.3")
W 10.7 cm (4.2")
D 1.8 cm (0.7")