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Jacques Sagan Vallauris, France

French Vallauris pottery has a long and illustrious history. But it was Picasso who revived the French pottery town, when he began working with the Madoura pottery in 1947. In the 1950s, a host of French ceramists flocked toto Vallauris to take part in the new creative wave. They included Jaques Sagan, the author of this large and sassy abstract vase, with double sided decor. Sagan came to Vallauris in 1952, the same year as Roger Capron set up

Gustave Caillebotte les raboteurs

Gustave Caillebotte, the ‘other’ Impressionist

Gustave Caillebotte – the ‘other’ Impressionist   Time for a cultural interlude, with some bucolic charm thrown in. Last weekend, I visited the country home of Impressionist painter, Gustave Caillebotte – and it’s a jewel. Set in its own rolling park, the house is elegant, yet the decor is oddly anachronistic. That’s because much of…

De Feure vase with figures from antiquity

Georges De Feure, designing Art Nouveau

Georges de Feure, designing Art Nouveau De Feure ‘Grecian’ vase c1900 An intriguing signature on the base of this lovely old vase. It’s crisply moulded, very heavy and obviously special. But who was Georges De Feure? A factory? A studio? An artist? An artist, it turns out – and not just any old artist. Georges…