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European Art Pottery1889 of 2014Spanish Porcelain Figurine Nadal World's Fair New Orleans LouisianaGRAY'S POTTERY CORONATION MUG 1937
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Posted 6 years ago


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About six months ago I came across this plate in a Salvation Army Store for a dollar. It had been neglected because of the hairline damage. I was attracted by the hand painted decoration and the signature was a name that I did not recognize. But at the back was the stamp of the famous ceramics firm 'Primavera'. At that price it was something to buy and find out who was this Colette Gueden.

On the net I did not have much trouble in finding information about Ms. Gueden (1905 - 2000). She was not only a ceramics person but also designed furniture. Her female figures for Primavera are to die for!

This plate I believe is from the 1930's and is part of a series called in French: les Cotes de France

The site 'Les Arts Decoratifs' had this to say about her:
The name and work of Colette Gueden are closely associated with Primavera, design studio of the department store chain Printemps. Born in 1905 in Indochina. In 1923 Colette Gueden entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Saint-Etienne where she graduated three years later. In 1927 in Paris, she worked as a designer at Primavera alongside Claude Lévy, Gisele Favre, Madeleine Sougez. She became manager in 1934, then director in 1938. At that time, the fame of Primavera became well established, founded in 1912 by René Guilleries, and aided by his wife, designer Charlotte Chauchet-Guilleries the workshop aimed to provide furniture and objects of modern style to affordable prices to everyone. Colette Gueden, which defined her work as "tabletterie" ( a form of high-end creative wood-turning ), directed her early research into new materials (horn, glass, metal, mother of pearl). Her style can be placed under the heading "fantasy". This "fantasy" applied brilliantly to all projects: wallpapers, jewelry, ornaments and especially in ceramics. In the mid-30s, Colette she created table services on the themes of 'Monuments of Paris' & the 'Coast of France'. In the 1940's she created at Saint-Leu-la-Foret a series of busts and female faces partially glazed decorated with shells and gently wavy hair. In the 50's Colette Gueden she was able to adapt easily to new trends and was surrounded by a team of young designers fresh out of art schools: Alain Le Foll, Geneviève Pons, Peter Broc who helped organize small fairs in the spring (from 1950 to 1967) on various topics "Plein Air", "Galot Spring", "Alcove". Gueden Colette made drawings for ceramics that were created elsewhere by Pol Chambost, the workshops in Vallauris or those of Limoges. She also received prestigious commissions: she designed furniture for President Vincent Auriol, for the steamer La Marseillaise (1949) she created large bas-reliefs decorated with still life. Colette Gueden worked on at Primavera until 1972.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks BELLIN68 & Dean of MGA!
    The English Blue Dash Chargers were tin glazed faience. The decoration on them was quite difficult to control. This plate is hand painted over the glaze. I reminds me of those early Clarice Cliff plates. This one is not that colourful and is more a still life rather than an abstract design. There is another more colourful plate ( more like Picasso )from the series here:

    I think this plate looks more like Marseille than the Biarritz plate above.
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks austrohungaro!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
    Many thanks PhilDavidAlexanderMorris!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks ho2cultcha!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
    Many thanks mustangT!
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks MSL!
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks BRATJDD!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks SEAN!
  10. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome Kevin:)
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks KJDIXO and belatedly to AGHCOLLECT too!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Many thanks GEO26E!
  13. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    still beautiful!!

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