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Vintage Original Signed Blue Accolay Pot

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Accolay Gauloise mid century modern vessel

Dimensions: 12" height x approximately 9.5" diameter

circa 1950s

A mid century French Accolay Gauloise vessel from the 1950s. The Gauloise series was one of the most emblematic made by the French art pottery, Accolay. As mid-century French ceramic design goes, it’s bang on style. It’s hand-turned with vibrant colour and frothy, highly tactile glaze. In excellent condition.

”Few items sum up French mid-century optimism better than this beautiful hand-thrown pottery vase by Accolay. In the 1950s and 60s, a stop-off at the Accolay pottery studio was a ritual for Parisians driving down south to spend summer on the south coast of France.

Accolay was founded by four young artists, André Boutaud, Louis Dangon, Slavic Paley and Raude. In 1944, they were apprenticed to the celebrated ceramist, Alexandre Kostanda  (initially, they claimed, in order to escape forced labour under the German Occupation.) When the war ended, they started an experimental pottery in a disused factory in the little village of Accolay, in Burgundy. The turning point came when Christian Dior ordered 300 of their ceramic buttons for his New Look collection. From there, they were on the road to success.”