Mithé ESPELT 1960s Jewellery Chest with Gilded Ceramic Lid (not Lembo)
Elegant Geometric Composition Jewellery Chest
The lid of this exquisite ceramic chest - designed to store precious items - features Mithé’s luxurious gold crackle in geometric shapes with inclusions of pink crystalline glass that resemble rose quartz. The forms are raised over an inky black ceramic finish and the lid tops a wooden box with a protective felt base and bottom. The overall effect
delights the eye and is reminiscent of mythical Aztec treasures.
We are proud to offer a small number of hard to find pieces by acclaimed French avant-garde ceramicist Mithé Espelt (born 1923) issued from a prestigious private collection. These previously unseen and highly collectable chests and mirrors all featuring her signature gold crackle and are considered works of art. Her opulent objects have long been misattributed to Vallauris ceramicist François Lembo as she chose not to sign them. However, her work has been the subject of significant attention recently thanks to Antoine Candau’s book, “Mithé Espelt, the discreet luxury of the everyday,” which reveals their artistic significance and is rapidly becoming a mandatory guide to mid-century French ceramics.