a good plan of modern ceramics

Modern ceramics, considered outdated for a long time, are renewed. The market is growing, offering the opportunity to start a collection on relatively affordable budgets.

Beyond the purely decorative aspect, there is a real passion for modern and contemporary collectible ceramics. It is a fully evolving, global, ever-increasing supply and demand market Frédéric Chambre, managing director and auctioneer of the Piasa auction house, which regularly organizes specialized sales, including “Bruno Gambone, his collection” on February 15, declares. French designers Georges Jouve (1910-1964), Roger Capron (1922-2006), Jacques (1926-2008) and Dani (1933-2010) Ruelland fetched auction records (€412,136, €54,600 and €190 respectively at Artprice ©), but it is possible ” start a collection with prints by these creators with real aesthetic value at auction from a few hundred euros. Or for more unique works in galleries, get ceramics from the younger generation of artists for 1000-1500 euros “.

Constantly increasing prices

Fans of French ceramics from the 1950s and 70s will find rare or one-of-a-kind pieces at the Thomas Fritsch gallery (showing at PAD from March 29 to April 2), Arcanes, a gallery that particularly champions the work of living ceramic masters. Jean Girel (b. 1947, pieces from €500 to €6,000), Valérie Hermans (b. 1959, pieces from €300 to €3,000) and Helène Morbu (b. 1981), In 2016, as laureate of the Jeuneer Period, young ceramicists Plastic works sold between 500 and 2000 € art prize.

Valérie Hermans, “Moirés” series, high-temperature enamelled porcelain, H.42.5 cm, Courtesy Galerie Arcanes, ©Photo Stéphane Briolant.

The market is tight, especially in France. In Britain it is different. Evidence of this is the existence of an auction house in London specializing in modern and contemporary ceramics, Maak Celebrates Isabelle Brunel, exhibiting international contemporary ceramicists at the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste in Toucy (Yonne) for 25 years. “ I am proud to represent in France the Irish Sarah Flynn (born 1971), whose sculptural forms in porcelain are highly regarded by connoisseurs. Prices between €2,000 and €17,000 are rising regularly “, he adds. The gallery also presents British Ursula Morley-Price (b. 1936), whose timeless stoneware (€4,500 to €22,000) is part of the Metropolitan and MOMA collections in New York.

Sara Flynn, Pine-Camber Vessel n°34, 2022, porcelain, blue textured enamel, Cobalt and manganese black, h.  16.5 x 21 x 18 cm.  Courtesy Galerie de l'Ancienne Poste © Photo Pascal Vangysel.

Sara Flynn, Pine-Camber Vessel n°34, 2022, porcelain, blue, cobalt and manganese black textured enamel, h. 16.5 x 21 x 18 cm. Courtesy Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste © Photo Pascal Vangysel.

Gallerist Pierre-Marie Giraud, for his part, is exhibiting archetypal works by Anglo-Kenyan Magdalena Odundo (b. 1950) and Turkish-Danish Alev Siesbye (b. 1983) in Brussels, reaching auction records (€439 and €439 respectively). €49,165 according to Artprice©). For more modest budgets, you can find works by young ceramicists at Concept-store Empreintes and Collection d’Ateliers d’Art de France (Yung-Jung Song, €420-3500).

Revival of ceramic art

In recent years, modern ceramics have attracted new audiences. Art ceramics are created by young ceramists such as South African Zizipho Poswa or American Brian Rochefort, or by visual artists whose primary medium is Johan Creten or Sterling Ruby. Observes Raphaëlla Riboud-Seydoux exhibiting ceramic works by artists Alice Gavalet (b. 1978), Roger Herman (b. 1947) and Remy Pommeret (b. 1995) at PAD. In 2021, together with Florian Daguet-Bresson, he founded the Ceramics NOW event at PAD, where he exhibited the 2023 edition (Timothée Humbert, Jongjing Park, Lee Ufan, etc., €2,000 to €120,000).

Alice Gavalet, Sans Titre, 2022, Glazed ceramic, blue, white, yellow tartan pattern, 44 x 50.5 x 39 cm, courtesy Raphaella Riboud-Seydoux / Italian Gallery

Alice Gavalet, Untitled, 2022, glazed ceramic, blue, white, yellow tartan pattern, 44 x 50.5 x 39 cm. Courtesy Raphaella Riboud-Seydoux / Italian Gallery

The “Biscuit(s)” exhibition at Galerie Sèvres bears witness to this renewal, showcasing unique or limited-edition pieces created in the Sèvres Manufacture by ceramicist Emmanuel Boos or artists Thu Van Tran and Julio Le Parc (prices from €). 2,000 – 33,000 euros). The Mouvements Modernes gallery also represents Sweden’s Eva Hild (b. 1966), whose organic sandstone sculptures cost between €20,000 and €80,000, and at PAD the plastic works of Israel Michal Fargo (b. 1984 and €4.00 demonstrates. 10,000). In addition, the Lefebvre & Fils gallery has been taking a new look at contemporary ceramic art by inviting young international artists to its residence in Versailles since 2015, then dedicating a solo exhibition at the gallery (Anabel Juarez, Nick Weddell, Miguel Ortega Delgado, etc.). .).

Eva Hild, Sculpture, Stoneware, unique piece, 2002, H 85 x W 50 x D 50 cm Courtesy Mouvements Modernes ©Photo Thibault Breton

Eva Hild, Sculpture, sandstone, unique fabric, 2002, 85 x 50 x 50 cm. Courtesy of Modern Movements © Photo Thibault Breton

Sale “Bruno Gambone, his collection”
Piasa, 118 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008 Paris
February 15

PAD Paris
Tuileries Garden, 75001 Paris
From March 29 to April 2

“Andre Jean Doucin” exhibition
Arcanes Gallery, 11 rue Bonaparte, 75006 Paris
From April 6 to 20

“Nathalie Pierlot vs. Nadia Pasquer” exhibition
Gallery of the Old Post Office, 24, rue Philippe Verger, 89130 Toucy
From February 25 to March 30

“Alain Vernis” exhibition
Galerie Pierre Marie Giraud, 7 rue de Praetere, 1050 Brussels
From February 9 to March 4

“Cookie(s)” exhibition
Sevres Gallery, 4th place André Malraux, 75001 Paris
Until April 1

“Maurizio Galante and Tal Lankman, Monsters” exhibition
Lefebvre and Son Gallery, 24, rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
From February 16 to March 25.

Empreintes and Collection concept stores
5 rue de Picardie, 75003 Paris

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