Mid-Century French Ceramic Tray by Claude Vayssier for Atelier Cerenne (circa 1950s)
Mid-Century ceramic hors d'oeuvres tray by Claude Vayssier for Cerenne Workshop (circa 1950s). This rare ceramic with stylised horse motif is signed by Claude Vayssier, the decorator. A lustrous black base throughout complemented by a brown and white abstract pattern with vertical lines incised at the edges and a horse motif in the recess of the tray. An eye-catching piece from the South of France. When it was created, the 1955 film, Et Dieu Créa la Femme (And God Created Woman), starring Brigitte Bardot, forever changed the Riviera into a legendary seaside resort, sparkling amid the glitz of the South of France. This piece evokes that time period perfectly. In fair overall condition. The maker's mark is stamped on the underside and it is signed by Mr. Vayssier and another name, regrettably illegible. Upon request a video will be provided.
About Atelier Cerenne: Created by Charles René Neveux, the Cerenne workshop, active from 1945 - 1958, takes its name from the contraction of its company name "Céramique René Neveux". At the height of its renown, the workshop was one of the most important in Vallauris, employing around fifty people, including 15 decorators. Its production ranged from utilitarian ceramics to unique pieces with special custom orders for French and international customers. Cerenne also created pieces of furniture with ceramic decoration. Pieces signed by René Neveux himself are relatively rare. Claude Vayssier was a decorator at Cerenne from 1952 to 1953 who settled in nearby Gulf-Juan in 1966 and later worked in 1967 with Le Vaucour.
H 3 cm / 1.2"
W 23 cm / 9.1"
D 16 cm / 6.3"