'Mephisto' Vase by St. Clément



ORIGIN: France

YEAR: 1950s

DIMENSION: 12,5 x 6cm



About St. Clément…

When Jacques Chambrette founded his second “faïence” (the French word for glazed pottery) factory in Saint-Clément in 1758, he wanted it to produce the most special products in France. With this determination, he became Marie-Antoinette’s most famous supplier, surpassing the admiration for traditional porcelain with his ceramics. In addition to the table, huge St. Clément vases adorned the gardens of Versailles. From then until today, both St. Clément and its first factory in Lunéville have changed hands many times, but still maintain the standard of quality set by their founder. From 1920 onwards, production diversified towards more modern and charmingly imperfect pieces.


On the Mid-Century Modern style…

Long story short: simple, clean lines, respectful use of materials and absence of decorative elements. This movement, born in the United States in 1945 (after the Second World War), extended its influence until the end of the 1960s in the fields of graphic and interior design and architecture. Mid-Century modernists looked to the future with optimism, prioritising functionality -inherited from the Bauhaus school of design- and natural materials (preferred by organicist architects such as Aalvar Alto or Frank Lloyd Wright).


Of course, the study of this style (and its name) took decades to arrive. It was the designer Cara Greenberg, with her book “Mid-Century Modern. Furniture of the 1950s” published in 1986, who came up with the key elements of this style: Mid-Century spaces are typically horizontal, with a predominance of white. The furniture is Danish design, the art is big and colorful, the lamps incorporate metal structures to bring an industrial touch.