A Rare Monumental Leon Castel Mont-Chevalier Art Pottery Model of a Seated Griffin c.1890 Height 84cm
A Rare Monumental Art Pottery Leon Castel Mont-Chevalier, Cannes Pottery, model of a Seated griffin upon a pedestal base all glazed in strong lustrous green mottled glazes.
Height: 81cm (32")
Léon Castel worked with Marcel Chevalier who founded La Faiencerie du Mont-Chevalier at Cannes in 1888, making earthenwares and stonewares, with mottled and lustred glazes in the style of the more famous Massier family pottery nearby in southern France. Production continued until about 1920.
Leon Castel Mont-Chevalier's work is rarely seen in the scale of this griffin, most of the production was table top size vases. Their glazes are excellent quality similar to the work of fellow French ceramacists, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat and Auguste Delaherche.
Impressed to underside: 'M.Chevalier Castel Cannes'
Provenance: The Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan Collection
Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan were pioneering collectors of 19th Century fine and decorative arts and this unique collection was a shared passion assembled over the course of a lifetime from the 1950s onwards. The collection was regarded and recognised as academically important, a number of bequests of both decorative and fine arts from the collection have been accepted by museums includingThe British Museum and the Ashmolean.
For Examples of work by Leon Castel-Mont Chevalier held in the collection of the Victorian & Albert Museum see https://collections.vam.ac.uk/search/?q=Castel%2c%20Léon