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Mithé ESPELT 1960s Jewellery Chest with Gilded Ceramic Lid (not Lembo)

Documentation Certificate of Authenticity
Origin France
Period 1950-1979
Materials ceramic
W. 5.91 in; H. 2.36 in; D. 4.33 in;
W. 15 cm; H. 6 cm; D. 11 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1960s
Description Sophisticated Freeform Composition Jewellery Chest
The lid of this lavish ceramic chest - designed to store precious items - is reminiscent of an opulent puzzle box. Its lid features geometric shapes in shades of scarlet, violet and rose. The forms are raised over an inky black ceramic finish and the decorative surround is in Mithé’s unrivalled gold crackle. The lid tops a
wooden box with a protective felt base and bottom. An original conversation starter for either the home or the workplace.
We are proud to offer a small number of hard to find pieces by acclaimed French avant-garde ceramicist Mithé Espelt (born 1923) issued from a prestigious private collection. These previously unseen and highly collectable chests and mirrors all featuring her signature gold crackle and are considered works of art. Her opulent objects have long been misattributed to Vallauris ceramicist François Lembo as she chose not to sign them. However, her work has been the subject of significant attention recently thanks to Antoine Candau’s book, “Mithé Espelt, the discreet luxury of the everyday,” which reveals their artistic significance and is rapidly becoming a mandatory guide to mid-century French ceramics.
Styles / Movements Art Pottery, Collectible Design, Modern
Patterns Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 395872
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