Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This striking and majestic work of French mid-century Modernist design is by Verceram Céramique. (c. 1940s - 1971) The base form of this piece is that of an oval that has been accentuated at each end culminating in a pleat with 'fins' either side. The overall piece is similar to that of an geometric yet gently curved paper model shaped from ceramic. The shape is an excellent canvas for Verceram's iconic palette of iridised pearl and blue-black glaze that is showcased beautifully against the curves and arches.
Edgy and avant-garde for its time, the uncommon design makes it boldly timeless and suitable for display as a standalone piece or for functional use.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The most notable wear are the surface marks to the iridised glaze that is present all over and is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base bears Verceram's V-in-a-circle stamp and the original Verceram label is present on the interior of the dish.
Height: c. 5.9" / 15 cm (from base to rim) x c. 11.4" / 29 cm in width (across widest point). Length: c. 23.3" / 59 cm. Base: c. 6.7" / 17 cm x c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight: 2.5 kg / 2,525 g
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY
Verceram Céramique. (c. 1940s - 1971)
Precious little is known about Verceram Céramique. Verceram collectors and enthusiasts have determined that the art pottery was probably based in Montreuil, an Eastern suburb of Paris and owned by a Monsieur Caux. The workshop and factory were active from around the 1940s until 1971 during the decades of 'Les Trente Glorieuses' (the thirty glorious').
What is very well known are the other-worldly and style-defining art pottery pieces by Verceram during the 1960s. With striking contrast and avant-garde abstract shapes in iridescent metallic glazes of pearlised white and an iridescent blue-black, these glazes were notoriously difficult to master. The glazes scratch easily which makes it a challenge to find mint-condition glazed pieces today.
At its start, Verceram produced late Art Deco-inspired works in green and red enameling before moving to bolder colours and textured finishes drawing inspiration from patterns found in nature. These earlier experimental styles would be the precursor to Verceram's iconic iridescent and sleek form designs.