French Vintage Ceramic Lamp Base by Atelier du Grand Chêne (circa 1950s)
French mid-century ceramic lamp base by Atelier du Grand Chêne (circa 1950s). Painted with decor of a stylish woman in feathered cap and fashionable handbag, the piece is absolutely charming and delightfully representative of its era and Provençal origins. The lamp will require electrical fittings. The ceramic body however is in good overall condition. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying listing.
About the Artist: L'Atelier du Grand Chêne was founded in Vallauris, France in 1948 by Odette Roche-Gourju (1904-1954) and Ljuba Naumovitch (1898-1955). These two painters, trained notably at the Paris Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, turned out to be excellent potters after the war. They set up their pottery near a large oak tree - hence the name 'Le Grand Chêne'. There were never more than five employees including their son, Jacques Innocenti, who set up his own pottery in 1952. During the 1950s, they produced two distinct types of pottery: production runs of everyday objects decorated on a white background with animals, birds, flowers or women, and one-off pieces where the utilitarian dimension disappeared in favour of sculptural considerations. Their training as painters and their fondness for the work of De Chirico are evident in plates, dishes and vases with metaphysical decoration. After the death of Odette and Ljuba in a tragic car accident in 1955 between Nice and Antibes, their son Jacques Innocenti took over Le Grand Chêne. Their maker's mark is a stylised oak tree drawn with a brush under the glaze. (Ref: La Céramique Française des Années 50, by Pierre Staudenmeyer).
H 25 cm / 9.8"
Dia 16.5 cm / 6.5"