Mid-century GrandJean Jourdan Faux-bois tablelamp


An impressive Faux-bois table lamp by Grand-Jean Jourdan. Faux-bois ceramic table lamp representing a tree. This lamp is designed and made by Grandjean-Jourdan for Vallauris, France, in circa 1950, France. The lamp is signed with ´Vallauris, GJ´ and still has it’s original shade with silk ribbons.


| H: XX cm/XX “ | W: XX cm/XX “ | D: XX cm/XX “
| Period: 1950’s
| Materials: ceramics
| Condition: In good vintage condition
| Place of Origin: France


The southern French town of Vallauris is one of the most famous places for ceramics. It’s a creatives playground for new shapes and techniques. Ceramics have been made  there since Roman times, but Picasso’s arrival in the 1950s and later artists like Chagall Miró and transformed it into a famous ceramics capital. One of the numerous ateliers in Vallauris was Atelier Grandjean Jourdan, active from the 1950s to 1981. It was  opened by Sébastien Grandjean (1883-1957) who was born in Vallauris. His son Eugène took over the business after his death and was responsible for introducing the range of Faux Bois items, which are highly collectable nowadays. This Faux Boix decoration is a handpainted technique to make the items resemble olive wood. The company closed in 1981 and the original pottery factory was bought by the local council in 1987.