Standing Ashtray/Ashtray

Maurice Chalvignac Art Pottery, Fat Lava Ashtray, Mid Century Modern Ashtray

$54.85

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    Maurice Chalvignac Art Pottery, Fat Lava Ashtray, Mid Century Modern Ashtray
    Made in Canada.
    This mid century lava glaze ashtray by renowned artist Maurice Chalvignac has speckled texture that make this piece a hallmark of his mid century aesthetic. Chalvignac's trademark 'fat lava' glazing is not only wonderful to the eye, it is a delight to touch and feel the natural elements of the earth in each piece. This fat lava ashtray, as an art piece at the centre of a table, beside a favourite reading chair, or outdoors on the patio will be appreciated for years to come. A veritable piece of modern art history for anyone from collector, to enthusiast of a wonderful aesthetic design period. A perfect offering to the host or hostess of your next get together or as a gift to yourself for your entertaining needs. Could be used today for condiments, candy, or nuts.
    DIMENSIONS: 7 5/8" long x 5 1/2" wide x 1 1/2 high.
    CONDITION: Very good to excellent vintage condition. Small scuff as seen in final photograph. No cracks. No chips. Please carefully refer to photographs for more condition information.

    Maurice Chalvignac is the quintessential mid century modern artist and ceramist who migrated to Canada in 1957 at the height of the Scandinavian influence in design and artistry. Born in Paris in 1927, he studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts and is internationally recognized for his pottery and his artwork. After the 2nd World War, Chalvignac was given a sculptor's training for 7 years and it is then that he became interested in pottery. Chalvignac emigrated to Canada in 1957 and settled in Montreal where he found a job in a religious sculpture business.
    He is known for his West German and Danish aesthetic, in particular his development and use of what is known as 'fat lava' glazing. It includes tones of tawny brown, beige, white overlay and a foamy effect that overcoats his pieces.

    Once in Canada, he met Claude Jasmin (1930-), a leading man of letters who, at that time, was a ceramist. He encouraged Chalvignac to return to this art, which he did. He quickly expands his workshop until about thirty employees are working under him. His wares begin to be produced, including some in collaboration with Jordi Bonet and influenced by a close relationship with Giovani Liva, who works as his foreman. In the early 1980s, Chalvignac goes back to his more artisanal approach and produces more of his finer masterpieces.
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