Mid-Century French Ceramic Bowl by Robert Picault (circa 1950s)
Mid-century French ceramic bowl with geometric motif by Robert Picault (circa 1950s). Beautifully decorated tableware piece characteristic of Picault's trademark style with green geometric motifs based on copper oxide. Picault reinvented good quality pottery for domestic use in a highly original style such as this piece. It has three legs supporting the bowl and is in good vintage condition with characterful ageing spots and fading commensurate with age. Signed / Engraved on the underside: 'RP'. Please see the many accompanying photos to this listing to appreciate the aesthetics and condition of the piece. Upon request a video clip can be provided.
About the Artist: Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) was born in Paris and after studying ceramics at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués moved, at the end of World War Two, to Vallauris where, with Roger Capron, he founded the Atelier Callis in 1946. Two years later he set up his own pottery in the Chemin du Fournas in the village. He was a friend, colleague and next-door-neighbour to Pablo Picasso, and the two learnt from each other aspects of the other's specialities. Picault was also an accomplished cinematographer and photographer, and made a series of four short films with Picasso and leading show-business personalities of the fifties. He used copper oxide and iron oxide in his glazes, and the bulk of his work is characterised by green and brown geometric motifs consisting of noughts and crosses, bands and waves.
Dia 24.2 cm / 9.5"
H 14 cm / 5.5"