A rare and important stunning French mid-century art pottery serving dish by Robert Picault and made in Vallauris in the South of France. Working closely to Picasso this dish hand made in red clay is of rectangular shaped and is hand decorated with green, brown and incised patterned designs combining triangular patterns set with scrolling and interlaced linear patterning. Every item of this renowned artists work is unique and would form a real statement piece in any serious collection. The dish has painted initials RP to the unglazed base.
Provenance: Robert Picault (1919 - 2000) studied ceramics at the Ecole des Arts Appliqués in Paris and moved to Vallauris where, with Roger Capron, he founded the Atelier Callis in 1946. Two years later he set up his own pottery in the Chemin du Fournas. He was a friend, colleague and next-door-neighbor to Pablo Picasso, and the two learnt from each other aspects of the other's specialities. Picault was also an accomplished cinematographer and photographer, and made a series of four short films with Picasso and leading show-business personalities of the fifties. The dish was acquired as part of a significant collection from a UK Estate.
In good presentable condition with a couple of very small glaze chips to the underside of the rim which could easily be touched in.