Mid-Century Ceramic Wall Mirror with Flower Motif and Stylised Birds by Mithé Espelt (circa 1960s)
Mid-century ceramic wall mirror with pink enamel glaze, flower motif and stylised birds by Mithé Espelt (circa 1960s). A whimsically decorated wall mirror with gold crackle surround framing a raspberry-coloured base enamel with two shades of pink in the flowers and the birds. This piece is in fair condition with vintage character and charm. In the upper right corner there are two very small nicks in the enamel which attest to its age. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. There is a felt backing and hanging ring on the rear of the piece. Without a doubt it is a cheerful and uplifting work sure to provoke smiles and conversation. Upon request, a video clip of the piece may be provided.
About the artist: Mithé Espelt (1923-2020) was a French ceramic artist based in the Camargue region at the gates of Provence. She was renowned for her production of ceramic mirrors of remarkable originality but often mistakenly confused with those of François Lembo. Her grandfather was a close friend of Fréderic Mistral (Nobel Prize in literature, 1904), and for whom the famous wind is named. Mistral introduced Espelt into the upper echelons of both the artistic and intellectual world. She rubbed shoulders with Jean Hugo, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Christian Bérard and many others. After finishing her studies, she moved to Paris and produced jewellery and ceramic buttons for Line Vautrin. Back in the Camargue, she started a pottery workshop whose clients included Louise de Vilmorin and Jaime Sabartés. She welcomed friends in her house in Séte including François Desnoyer (artist friend of Fernand Léger), Jean Hugo and Pablo Picasso.
Her jewellery was spotted in 1948 by the founder of the Souleiado brand and for nearly 40 years she designed pieces for that company. Mithé also exhibited at La Roue gallery in Vallauris in the company of the greatest ceramicists of the time. However, at the beginning of the 1950s, she stopped signing her pieces and devoted herself to the creation of small, everyday objects for women: mirrors, jewellery boxes and trays. Her work has long been attributed to François Lembo (including by this gallery), due to the misinformation widely spread via the Internet. Finally her work and the extraordinary story of her life have been revealed in Antoine Candau's book, "Mithé Espelt, the Discreet Luxury of Every Day". A retrospective of her work was held in Autumn, 2020 in Paris.
H 25.5 cm / 10"
W 25.5 cm / 10"