Vallauris is a pottery region in south-eastern France, near Cannes. Pottery has been made there since ancient times. The area grew as a pottery centre in the late 19th century, and many companies have flourished there since then, notably those of Massier and Foucard-Jourdan.
This vase with it's raised Cicada is circa 1950's. Modern Vallauris is lead-glazed earthenware, often highly colored as this piece is, with the Mediterranean location sometimes showing its influence. Note the lovely sailing ships below the cicada. The colors are luscious with deep tones of yellow, brown, tan, and a hue of light mauve, looks like the sun is setting! The jug vase has a band of black at the neck and at the slightly lifted base. The scene is artist signed either "Nice" or "Niee" and is well stamped on the bottom, "S.A.R., (a stamp mark below) and then, "VALLAURS". This piece is in excellent condition, with no chips or cracks. They are rare to find especially in this condition.
The vase stands 3 3/4" tall. A wonderful example of this beautiful French earthenware pottery. We will double box for protection when mailing. Thank you for looking!