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Set of miniature ceramic liqueur bottles, Alpho Pottery, France circa 1930’s

These are a Beautiful trio of miniature ceramic liqueur bottles, made by the Alpho Pottery, France circa 1930’s.

A Wonderful set, owing much in its design to the Art Deco / art Nouveau period, when Alphonse Mouton started his studio. Born in 1900 into a family of potters, this prolific potter worked in Saint Vallier in the Drôme region in south west France from the 1930s to 80s. He produced mainly for the tourist market using a series of recognisable glazes in colours ranging from dark blues, greens and beige. He also produced some items for liqueur companies.

These are Great examples of his work, displaying characteristics of Art Deco in the angular handled bottle, Art Nouveau in the tall slender bottle, and playfulness in the teapot / watering can shaped piece.

All with variations on his characteristic glaze in a dripping / flamelike effect in shades of blue and green, with different textured glazes on each.

Perfect to add to any Alpho / French pottery / European studio pottery collection and would complement any Art Deco / Art Nouveau / 1930’s / 40’s, French style, rustic or contemporary styled interior.

All marked differently, one marked ’12 ALPHO’, another impressed mark ‘5’, and another unmarked other than the distributors stamp ‘Benoit Serres Toulouse’.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches or crazing, some wear to the labels commensurate with age, nothing to detract from the vintage look.

Measuring from largest: 10 x 9 x 2.5cm / 4 x 3.75 x 1in.
10.5 x 5 x 5cm / 4.25 x 2 x 2in.
10 x 8 x 4cm / 4 x 3.25 x 1.5in.

They still all contain their original contents! But for overseas buyers please note that they will have to be drained prior to shipping!


Vintage boxed set of ‘card suit’ ceramic pin dishes, Claude Tabet, Paris, France circa 1950’s

This is a Great boxed set of 4 colourful ceramic pin dishes with a card suit theme, Claude Tabet, Paris, France circa early 1950’s.

A Wonderful boxed set, containing the original fascinating and beautiful shop leaflet. Claude Tabet (1924-1979) was a French artist who branched out into studio pottery, with his own Parisian shops, in the early 1950’s.

Lovely small dishes could be used as pin dishes, paperweights, desk accessories or just as display pieces. The four bowls are shaped like the card suits, hearts, spades, clubs and diamonds, and are very brightly glossy glazed in green, yellow, purple and red.

Very reminiscent of the mid century 1950’s era, similar to the work of Roger Capron in Vallauris, a perfect set to brighten any space.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of French / European studio pottery, and would complement any 1950’s, mid century, retro, vintage, French style, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, boxed as new! No chips, cracks or crazing.

The box measures 11 x 11 x 2.5cm / 4.5 x 4.5 x 1in.

Each dish measures approx 5 x 5 x 2cm / 2 x 2 x 0.75in.

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Robert Picault bird plate, Vallauris, France circa 1950’s / 60’s

This is a Beautiful decorative plate / wall plate with bird / dove motif by Robert Picault, Vallauris, France circa 1950’s / 60’s.

Vallauris is a pottery region in south-eastern France, Picasso lived here from 1948 – 55 and greatly contributed to the renaissance of the pottery industry, this legendary golden age when everyone was a potter, including famous ceramicists Roger Capron and Charles Voltz. Their influence is clearly seen in the abstracted painterly decors.

Picault had worked with Capron and was a friend of Picasso’s. His handpainted style used Mediterranean colours, turquoise blue, green and brown with repeated geometric abstract motifs, and sometimes birds as seen on this plate.

Very stylised possible a Dove, the bird is simply rendered in turquoise green and black thick brushstrokes, very similar to Picasso’s work for the Madoura pottery.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of Vallauris / French / European / Studio pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, 50’s, 60’s, Mediterranean, French or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. Some crazing commensurate with age, and a tiny firing dot in the glaze (pictured).

Measures 23 x 23 x 2.5cm / 9 x 9 x 1in.

Handpainted mark to the base ‘RP. La Roue Vallauris’. La Roue / The Wheel was a pottery workshop in the town.