MITHE ESPELT - THE DISCREET LUXURY OF THE EVERYDAY

by ANTOINE CANDAU

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€ 64 broché – € 85 luxe

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Published in September 2020, ‘The Discreet Luxury of the Everyday’ sparked keen interest, both in France and abroad, in the work of the ceramicist Mithé Espelt, an extremely private avant-garde artist who passed away last year at the age of 97. Written with Mithé, the book is a thrilling saga, brimming with anecdotes and abundantly illustrated. The author guides us around the meanders of a life spent in quest of beauty, unveiling the multiple facets and intricacy of the secretive ceramic artist’s work. Far from being a specialist book aimed solely at connoisseurs, « The Discreet Luxury » reads like a novel while bringing a fresh perspective on ceramic art in post-war France.
“Mithé Espelt, the Discreet Luxury of the Everyday” is a 209-page book with 283 illustrations. 21.5 x 27 cm portrait format, flexi-bound, square back case binding, 4-page cover with flaps, matte scratchproof laminate finish. HR-UV 240 fine-screen four-color printing, Magno Volume coated fine paper. 
French version (ISBN) 978-2-909478-45-6. English version (ISBN) 978-909478-46-3. Weight 1.100 kg. PEFC-certified paper (international NGO promoting sustainable forest management). 
Be aware – the French version is almost sold out! The deluxe version comes in a very chic grey cardboard sleeve embossed with the artist’s monogram. handmade in France by the renowned Ateliers Escourbiac (supplier of Armani, Boucheron, Jean-Paul Gaultier, LVMH…).
Meticulously packaged, the books are shipped to any destination in the world by registered post from France, with a tracking number and signature upon delivery. Shipping fees are €10 for Europe/Switzerland/Monaco and €20 for any other country. Applicable customs duties and other taxes remain at your expense. If your package suffers damage, please let us know within three days of receipt. We will either replace or refund it. Returns cannot be accepted for any other reason.

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Mithé Espelt (1923–2020) is an outstanding French ceramicist who left behind a remarkable collection of jewelry, small mirrors and little treasure chests. She soon met with success but from early on, she fled the limelight and chose not to sign her creations. As a result, less discerning observers tended to attribute her work to François Lembo, Georges Jouve and even Denise Gatard.
In the early 1950s, Mithé set up a studio in Lunel, nestled between the plains of Camargue and picturesque Provence. There, she spent the next forty years nurturing an artistic project that echoed the contemporary mood. It was only when she met Antoine Candau that she agreed to reveal more about herself. He was, she said, “capable of looking beyond objects, beyond beauty…”. Together, they retraced her life and work in an inspiring monograph that reads like a gripping novel.

Antoine Candau is somewhat self-deprecating when he says that he searches for elusive pieces of art for customers who have ceased to exist. He has been a familiar figure on the art scene since the mid-1980s. He first established himself as a “talent spotter”, and a good one too, but later became more of a discreet “treasure hunter”. His finds, ranging from Middle Age marvels to contemporary design pieces, regularly ended up in the display cases of the world’s museums and art fairs, and he also ran galleries in Paris and London. But what is Antoine trying to tell us as he extols the sublime work of a 97-year-old artist who shared essential messages on happiness and the beauty in things? Is it really surprising that this art expert, renowned for unearthing budding talents, should cast new light an overlooked artist as he invites us to ponder on the workings of fame?

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