Georges Jouve - Design and Design Art New York Thursday, May 24, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    Michel Faré, Art et Industrie, Georges Jouve Céramiste, Paris, 1965, p. 57 for a similar example; Philippe Jousse and Galerie Jousse Enterprise, Georges Jouve, Paris, 2005, pp. 40-41 and 138 for similar examples

  • Catalogue Essay

    Georges Jouve’s incredibly dynamic ceramic works reflect his passion for movement, beauty and utility. His forms and decorations capture life in an animated way but always resulting in proportionately excellent structures which bring the forces of nature and beauty into everyday life. Jouve was educated at the famous École Boulle in Paris. His career as a ceramicist happened by chance during World War II, when he took refuge in the French village of Dieulefit, a city whose main source of income was the production of ceramics. Jouve was known during his lifetime, and perhaps even more today, as one of the most talented and successful ceramicists of the 20th century, creating elegant forms with refinement and power.

  • Artist Biography

    Georges Jouve

    French • 1910 - 1964

    Working out of his studio in Paris (and later in Aix-en-Provence), Georges Jouve produced sculptural ceramics for modernist interiors. Upon the invitation of Jacques Adnet, the director of the Compagnie des Arts Français (CAF), Jouve participated in various salons internationally and within France, including the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs. He created rigorously simple yet soft and playful forms, including plump, contrapposto vessels, rotund pitchers and cylindrical vases. His tireless experimentation of glazes led to a palette of perfect matte blacks, bone whites and joyful pops of lime green, lemony yellow and, occasionally, selenium red. Jouve's ceramics echo the organic modernism of his CAF colleagues, such as Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille.

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Rare “Toro” vase

Glazed ceramic. Signed and incised with artist’s monogram.
12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm) high, 10 1/8 in. (26 cm) diameter

$35,000 - 50,000 

Design and Design Art

24 May 2007
2pm New York