Mid-Century French Ceramic Vase by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1960s)
Ceramic decorative vase by Alexandre Kostanda, Vallauris, France (circa 1960s). Kostanda's trademark natural clay and rustic style is enriched in this piece with ethereal painted rings like those that encircle planets in space. Their subtle hues create a delicate cover for the elegant, planetary form whose base is a rich chocolate brown. Kostanda created beautifully original vessels, such as vases, pitchers and pots which were both utilitarian and impressive works of art. Tactile and visually alluring, these pieces are collected internationally by his devotees, one of the founders of the Accolay workshops. In good vintage condition. Signed on the bottom: 'A. Kostanda, Vallauris'. Upon request, a video clip of this piece may be provided.
About the Artist: Alexandre Kostanda (born 1924) was an apprentice to Louis Giraud in Vallauris, France on the French Riviera. Kostanda later became head of the studio from 1949 to 1953 where his mother, Irene, had also worked for Giraud as a decorator. In 1953 Kostanda founded his own studio. He brought Cluny sandstone clay with him which supported higher cooking temperatures, mixing it with the soil from Vallauris. When others migrated towards bright, shimmering colours, Kostanda preferred to create with colours that retained the natural elements of the clay. His ceramics' rustic appearance surprises with its finesse and balance revealing an exceptional technical mastery of his art.
H 18 cm / 7.1"
Dia 14 cm / 5.5"