FRENCH ART DECO PAIR OF CERAMIC CANDLESTICKS

by Jean Mayodon (1893-1967)
France, circa 1930


10" high; 5" diameter

One candlestick is decorated with a woman and a bird and the other is decorated with a man and a bird reserved against a checkered ground.

Incised J M underneath.

Jean Mayodon was trained as a painter, but became a ceramist with a painter's mind. He produced figurative decorated pottery after the antique tradition characterized by the practice of stanniferous earthenware with "golden fire." He fitted his own ovens and learned chemistry in order to achieve oxide colored pieces interspersed with a gold pattern giving it a precious aspect. This piece exhibits this rich orange and gold ground characteristic of Mayodon's best work. Some of his work exhibited mythological creatures and nudes, as in this piece. He was appointed Conseiller Artistique at Sѐvres in 1934 and was its Artistic Director from 1941-42.

Provenance:
Collection of Karl Lagerfeld, Sotheby's Paris, May 15, 2003, Lot #176.

$18,000 - Inv. #184