Vintage Ceramic Bowl with Pinch-Grip by Mado Jolain (circa 1960s)
Vintage French ceramic bowl by Mado Jolain (circa 1960s). An irregular shape, an abstraction somewhat reminiscent of a fig with the pinch-grip as the short stem. Inside, concentric circle patterns over darker patches on four sides leave the centre bare and leaf-shaped. It is thoroughly modern and so very elegant. A rare ceramic indeed, both a work of art and a collector's dream. It is likely this was painted by her husband, the French artist, René Legrand (1923-1996). In overall good vintage condition. Initialed on the underside 'm.j.' Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Mado Jolain (1921-2019) "followed the evolution of pottery-making in her own era with talent from the start of her career until her retirement. Over a period of 17 years, from her first utilitarian pieces imbued with the mood of the immediate post-war period, to her last pieces with their more architectural bias, she developed just that economy of means which prevents pottery from becoming trapped in a time-warp and from becoming dated with the passing of time. If some of her pieces may seem too simple, that does not make them facile; rather, they bear witness to her humility as a potter and to her desire to make her work accessible." (Ref: French Pottery of the 50s by Pierre Staudenmeyer). She was married to French artist, René Legrand.
H 7.5 cm / 3.0"
W 22 cm / 8.7"
D 18.5 cm / 7.3"