Jacques Sagan, Vallauris
Vallauris pottery has a long and illustrious history. But it was Picasso who brought a new kind of fame to the French pottery town, when he began working with Suzanne and Georges Ramié at the Madoura pottery in 1947.
In the 1950s, a host of French designers flocked to Vallauris. They included Jacques Blin, Georges Jouve, Charles Voltz, Roger Collet, Gilbert Portanier, Marius Bessone, André Baud, Jacques Innocenti, Albert Thiry, Gilbert Valentin and Alexander Kostanda. The pretty French seaside town became the focus for an exciting creative revival in French ceramics.
Jacques Sagan was one of them. He made this large and very sassy abstract vase, with its folded shape and contrasting decor on either side.
Sagan came to Vallauris in 1952, the same year as Roger Capron set up his Callis studio there. But while Capron had studied applied arts in Paris alongside Robert Picault and Jean Derval, Sagan was a completely different kettle of fish! In his past life, he had a performing poodle act in the Paris music halls – probably around the time he’s said to have had an affair with Edith Piaf. There’s no business like show business…
Today, Sagan is best known for his magnificent series of African masks. Beside them, some of his output can seem a little ordinary.. This piece, recently added to our stock, is definitely an exception. It’s available to buy here