French Ceramic Decorative Vase by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1960s)
Ceramic decorative vase 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. This piece is unusual as it strays from his muted minimalist style with a trio of incised figures including a fish, sailboat and oak leaf. Tactile and visually alluring, Kostanda's pieces are collected internationally by his devotees. Kostanda is also associated with the founding of the Accolay workshops. In fair vintage condition. A subtle line that extends from the lip into the white of the sailboat may be a restoration mark. It would take a keen eye to find. If it was restored, it was done to a very high standard. Signed on the bottom: 'A. Kostanda, Vallauris'. Please view the accompanying photos to this listing to appreciate its condition and aesthetic beauty. Upon request a video of the piece may be provided.
About the Artist: Alexandre Kostanda (born in Poland of Russian origin in 1924) 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 32.0 cm / 12.6"
Dia 16.0 cm / 6.3"