Thomas Fritsch opened his gallery of French decorative arts from 1945 to 1970 in 2004. He is acknowledged as the specialist on postwar French ceramics and has presented exhibitions of works by Pol Chambost (2006), Suzanne Ramié (Madoura) (2012), André Aleth Masson (2013), Jacques and Dani Ruelland (2014), and Mado Jolain (2016). The gallery has participated in Design Miami/ Basel since 2013; Salon Art + Design, New York, and Design Miami/ since 2015; and presented at TEFAF Maastricht since 2018.
Design Miami/ Basel 2021 Exhibition
Georges Jouve is the best known French ceramist of the 1950s. Born in 1910 and deceased in 1964, he is particularly recognized for his works of art with this «silver black» enamel that characterizes his work. Before using this enamel in the early 1950s, Jouve’s work was more figurative, more baroque. In the 1950s, shapes became simpler, patterns and decor more abstract. Jouve develops spiraled white enamel as well as silver black enamel. We cannot compare this enamel to any other of the period. The metallic rendering gives all its charm to his pieces. The pieces presented are «Vases Pomme» (Apple Vases), a 1955 model, created in five sizes. The pieces presented are a very large and a small model. The off-center neck of each of the vases shows well the attention and time spent in the creation of his works. This model has long found its place in the largest collections devoted to the design of the 50s, as it is characteristic of this period and of the work of Jouve.