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Decorative plate in the shape of a Greek warrior’s head. Roger Capron, 1950s.

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This is the third and last of the midcentury-modern French pottery items I’m sharing. In this case it’s a Vallauris dish/ashtray designed by the famous Roger Capron. (I do think they are the three most important ceramists of the 1950s in France)

    This plate is very cleverly done. If you look at the second picture, you can appreciate it’s made first as a dish from which Capron has cut off some parts using exclusively straight lines. Later, the painting gives all the sense to the piece. The lines in the drawing may remind you of those of Picasso. These are usually seen showing women’s faces, but this is the only man we’ve seen so far. You can see those women's head on pic 3, as well as other items with an ancient Greek themed decor.

    Luckily, I’ve been able to find more info about Capron than I did about the Ruellands or Chambost:

    Roger Capron studied at the School of Applied street Dupetit-Thouars Paris Arts from 1938 to 1943 before teaching there drawing from 1945.

    He was at first interested in drawing, but the discovery of ceramic pushes a change of media. In february 1946, he moved to Vallauris, where he created a ceramic workshop, Callis. In doing so, he partnered with Robert and Jean Derval Picault in 1948, contributing to the revival of the ceramic Vallauris. In 1952, Capron bought a disused pottery of Vallauris (the former factory of La Font des Horts) and with seven workers under his command he starts manufacturing pottery articles for gift shops as well as decorative panels, starting the production of tiles and the very popular tiled-top tables from 1955. That same year he married Jacqueline Hubin, who’s better knon as Jacotte Capron, his collaborator.

    His creations are recognized and rewarded: gold medal at the X Triennale di Milano in 1954, silver medal at the International Exhibition in Cannes in 1955 (the city commissioned him for 1956 with a ceramic panel 150 m2 the ferry terminal), gold medal in Brussels in 1959... In 1970, he received the International Grand Prize of Ceramics.

    In 1980, the factory employs 120 people. But due to the economic crisis, Roger Capron has in 1982 to file for bankruptcy: he was forced to sell the models, patents, manufacturing processes and its name (which is his trademark).

    Roger Capron died in 2006, leaving behind a considerable body of work, recognized worldwide.

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    1. surfdub66 surfdub66, 9 years ago
      Ive never seen or heard of this kind of pottery ever !
      I love it ! They are all beautiful pieces!!! I'd love them !! :-)
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      It is a fabulous piece, mate! I still have not been able to come across a piece of Capron here in Oz but it IS well and truly on the WISH LIST!
    3. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 9 years ago
      Its fantastic!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      stunning piece austro!!
    5. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 9 years ago
      French Ceramics of the 50s is gorgeous, but extremely expensive. Do you know this fantastic blog by Pascal Marziano:

      It's a wonderful source of information and inspiration.
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks SO SO MUCH for your love inky, Dr, cobalt, racer, valentino, Violet, Sean, Virginia, vet, tom, surfdub, agh and nutsabotas!!!

      It's no starnge it's on your list... he made some amazing pottery!!!

      Cobalt, thanks soooooo much for the link. i didn't know that site but it is truly interesting!!! Thank you, merci, vielen Dank!!!
    7. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      oh I missed this austro ! Love the whole collection !!
    8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for loving it Manim and don't worry, ther's plenty of time to catch up anytime you want to :) You're always sooo kind and lovely!
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 8 years ago
      Thanks for loving GTMOOM!!!
    10. jymmyp, 5 years ago
      I love roger capron !

      it's an happy way of decorative ar.

      Discover my personal collection here :

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