Le Paradis Terrestre by Jean Mayodon

Le Paradis Terrestre, by Jean Mayodon

Circa 1940
48 cm diameter
Marked with impressed ‘JM’monogram

Decorated with stylised figures cavorting naked in a state of innocence in an earthly paradise, running amongst deer and vegetation. The figures are inspired by those found on ancient Greek vases, and adopt the sensuous postures which are a feature of Mayodon’s work. The centre is covered in the textured gilding typical of his work. The border and reverse is decorated in a coral-coloured caillouté pattern, and edged in gold.

As a young man and aspiring artist, Jean Mayodon visited the workshop of Félix Bracquemond, through whom he met many of the great names of the time such as Eugene Carrière, Henri Cros, Claude Monet, Bourdelle and Rodin.

He later became a close friend of the ceramacist René Buthaud, alongside whom he is considered to be a contributing influence on the Art Deco movement.

Mayodon was appointed artistic advisor of Sèvres from 1934 to 1939 and then artistic director in 1941/1942. During his period as artistic advisor to Sevres, he was hired to design murals, fountains, and sculptures for the great ocean liners of the day such as Le Normandie, La Marseillaise, Flandre, and France.

This is amongst the largest and most imposing of the chargers he is known to have made.

The impressed monogram ‘JM’ was used on pieces like this that were thickly potted with a grainy paste and that had craquelure and gilding.

No restoration

Private Collection, England

Illustrated, Gérard Landrot, Mayodon, 2004, p. 222, no. 270

Price: £15,500