Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Basque Themed Ceramics

Not unlike beret manufacturers, there were many small ceramic artisans and potteries in the first 2/3rds of last century and many jumped on the fashion of the idealized Basque way of life.
Most were concentrated in the south of France, in the Basque provinces and Béarn, Gaïtaud in Pau was one of the better known. 
Interestingly, the fashion was so popular that even potteries in Alsace and the far north of the country, in Picardie, manufactured Basque themed pottery. 
Vases, milk cans, ash trays and figurines in traditional Basque outfit, and beret, of course. 
Some pieces fetch huge sums of money; others can be found on sites like Ebay for no more than $20.00

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