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Mid-Century Ceramic Vase with Human Figure Motif by Accolay (circa 1950s)



Decorative mid-century ceramic vase with human figure motif by Accolay (circa 1950s). A whimsically-created piece with a figure dressed, perhaps as a court jester, whose raised arms form two spouts on either side of the mouth. The pattern in the jester's clothing is repeated in green and red with white outline on the surface of the vase. The inside of the mouth has a worn yet stunning turquoise glaze with characterful blemishes including a minor chip all attesting to the age of the piece and adding to its charm. This gallery has never seen another Accolay piece such as this one. In fair vintage condition commensurate with age and use. Signed on the bottom: 'Accolay' with maker's mark / logo. Upon request, a video clip of this piece may be provided.

About Accolay Ceramics: Four Parisian friends who were taught the art of pottery by Alexandre Kostanda were contracted by Christian Dior in 1945 to make ceramic buttons for his new collection, along with brooches and jewelry, about 300 pieces in total. When the fashion magazine photos were released of Dior's new collection, it made fine ceramic buttons a must-have in every wardrobe. That initial success meant the group opened their own studio in the town of Accolay in the Burgundy region of France. There they created useful ceramics, decorative ornamental pieces, photo frames, fruit baskets and small ceramic sculptures. They were so successful, most everyone in the town of Accolay either worked in their studios or knew someone who did. Their success continued into the 1970s, but once the original creators passed away, the continuation of the line was nearly impossible and the pottery closed its doors having left a legacy of beautiful and whimsical pieces. 


Dia 13 cm (5.1")

H 19 cm (7.5")