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2055 N Damen Avenue
Chicago, IL 60647
United States

Mithe Espelt Gilded Ceramic Crackle Glaze Mirror, France, 1970s.

$ 3,500
  • Description
    In very good original condition with felt backing. Each mirror is a piece unique.
    Brief Bio of Mithé Espelt Born in 1923, Mithé Espelt is a French ceramic artist based in the Camargue, at the gates of Provence. A close friend to Frédéric Mistral (Nobel Prize in literature, 1904), her grandfather introduced her into the upper echelons of both the artistic and intellectual world. She rubbed shoulders with Jean Hugo, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Christian Bérard and many others... At the end of her studies, she moved to Paris for two years and produced jewellery and ceramic buttons for Line Vautrin. Back in the Camargue, she formed a pottery workshop and her clients included Louise de Vilmorin, Jaime Sabartés... While in her spare time, she receives her friends in her house in Séte: Valentine Schlegel, her sister Andrée and her husband Jean Vilar, her neighbour François Desnoyer (the painter, friend of Fernand Léger), Jean Hugo and Pablo Picasso. Mithé exhibited at the La Roue gallery in Vallauris in the company of the greatest ceramicists of the time. The great Emilie Decanis saw in her one of the hopes of the new generation. In 1948, Charles Démery, the founder of the SOULEIADO brand, spotted her jewellery and offered to distribute it around the world. Thus for almost 40 years she designed Souleiado jewellery. However, at the beginning of the 1950s, she stopped signing her pieces and devoted herself to the creation of small everyday objects for women: mirrors, jewellery chests and trays... Through her work, she questioned the notions of desire, appearance and gluttony. Long attributed to François Lembo, due to the misinformation spread on Google and despite the denials of Renaud Lembo, her work and the extraordinary story of her life are finally revealed in Antoine Candau’s book “Mithé Espelt, the discreet luxury of the every day.” A retrospective exhibition of her work is scheduled for autumn 2020 in Paris.
    A similar mirror is pictured on p 65 in the book Mithe Espelt, The Discreet Luxury of the Everyday.

    13” h x 7.13”w x.5” d Frame of ceramic is 1.75" W all around.
    Mirror portion is 9.75" H x 4" W.

  • More Information
    Documentation: Documented elsewhere (exact item)
    Origin: France
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Ceramic
    Condition: Good. Excellent
    Creation Date: circa 1970
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Collectible Design, Mid Century
    Incollect Reference #: 625833
  • Dimensions
    W. 7.13 in; H. 13 in; D. 0.5 in;
    W. 18.11 cm; H. 33.02 cm; D. 1.27 cm;
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Pavilion is the collective vision of Deborah Colman and Neil Kraus, both graduates of the master of fine arts program at the Art Institute of Chicago. From a longstanding interest in art and design, frequent buying trips to France and Italy have influenced the direction of the gallery to offer items that are not easily sourced in Chicago and United States. Postwar design has been the focus for 18 yrs and we also look forward to new design that crosses boundaries and dialogues as well to the past

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