Mid-Century French Ceramic Vase by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1960s)
Vintage ceramic flower vase by Alexandre Kostanda (circa 1960s). The spherical form narrows near the top and flares elegantly wide at the mouth. The piece goes well beyond Kostanda's trademark misty appearance in natural earth tones. Stunning decor on the body includes incised geometric patterns which are painted in dark brown with a foliage motif on a lighter tan background. The signature is incised on the underside: 'Kostanda Vallauris'. The piece is in good overall condition. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video 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 30 cm / 11.8"
Dia 20 cm / 7.9"