A highly desirable ceramic mirror with bird and lotus flower motif by Mithé Espelt. Original green felt at the back.
Mithé Espelt is a French ceramic artist based in the Camargue, at the gates of Provence. A close friend to Frédéric Mistral (Nobel Prize in literature, 1904), her grandfather introduced her into the upper echelons of both the artistic and intellectual world. She rubbed shoulders with Jean Hugo, Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Christian Bérard and many others…
At the end of her studies, she moved to Paris for two years and produced jewelry and ceramic buttons for Line Vautrin. Back in the Camargue in 1946, she formed a pottery workshop and her clients included Louise de Vilmorin, Jaime Sabartés…
However, at the beginning of the 1950s, she stopped signing her pieces and devoted herself to the creation of small everyday objects for women: mirrors, jewelry chests and trays.
Long attributed to François Lembo, due to the misinformation spread on Google and despite the denials of Renaud Lembo, her work and the extraordinary story of her life are finally revealed in Antoine Candau’s book “Mithé Espelt, the discreet luxury of every day.” (source)