La France Ensoleillée

Raoul Lachanal "Piece Unique" Lemon Yellow and Caramel Hand-Thrown and Painted Vase (LEO Design)

Sunny France!  Like a ray of holiday sunshine from the Côte d’Azur, this hand-thrown and hand-painted ceramic vase fairly vibrates with summer radiance.  It even evokes the lemony citrus which grows along the Mediterranean coast.  Only, this piece was not made along France’s southern coast.  It came from just outside the city walls of Paris, far from the fresh sea breezes.

I have typically shunned yellow vases.  I’m not sure why; maybe I don’t like the color.  But this vase practically leapt into my arms!  Perhaps it’s the shape and texture of the piece—which reminds me of a fresh lemon.  Or perhaps it’s the hand-painted carmel-colored grid which overlies the bright color and subdues it.  Or maybe it’s the memories of June afternoons in the South of France—and this vase is my passport to revisit a warm and wonderful holiday.

It’s a one-off studio piece by Raoul Lachenal, made in the 1920’s – 1930’s and is signed “Piece Unique.”   Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.  And please check-out all of our recent acquisitions, many from England and Europe in the last couple of weeks.



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