French Ceramic Vase Planter by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1950s)
Large French ceramic vase or cachepot by Alexandre Kostanda, Vallauris, France (circa 1950s). 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. Tactile and visually alluring, these pieces are collected internationally by devotees of Kostanda. In good overall condition. Perfect for a house plant or simply beautiful decoration for the home or workplace. Signed: 'A. Kostanda, Vallauris & Giraud'. The presence of the Giraud name on the underside points to the period between 1949 to 1953 when Kostanda headed the Giraud studio. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing.
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 24 cm / 9.4"
Dia 32 cm / 12.6"