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Roger Capron

French, 1922-2006

Roger Capron is best known for his geometrically complex, vibrantly colored tile-topped coffee tables. These mid-century furnishings, with their comely palettes and playful arrangements of abstract forms or natural-world motifs, are approachable yet sophisticated. They draw on Scandinavian modernism and exemplify the Parisian ceramist’s belief in ensuring that things of beauty are easily and widely accessible, a principle espoused by French decorative artist and designer René Gabriel.

Capron graduated in 1943 from the School of Applied Arts in Paris. In a small atelier he later founded with Robert Picault and Jean Derval in Vallauris, Capron made alluring sculptures, table lamps and other objects and found inspiration in the work of Pablo Picasso, who had also opened an atelier in the region. He parted ways with his fellow ceramists in 1952 in order to open his own manufactory, Atelier Capron.

Initially staffed by a handful of workers, Atelier Capron captured international attention. His pieces were sold in stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Gimbels. Later, Capron’s wife, Jacotte, studied art and became a valued collaborator. Owing in part to her expertise in mixing pigments and glazes, Capron’s best-known ceramics feature dazzling colors and whimsical characters. Like Picasso, he experimented with many artistic styles and never settled on one technique for too long. His coffee tables, side tables and decorative objects are among the most enduring and coveted designs of the mid-century modern era.

While Capron’s factory had grown tenfold by 1980, it shut down a few years later after a slew of competitors began mass-producing cheaper imitations.

Capron won an award at the Milan Triennial in 1954 and International Grand Prize for Ceramics in 1970. His works have been displayed in the Musée National de la Céramique and the Musée Magnelli.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Roger Capron ceramics, tables and other decorative objects and furniture.

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Roger Capron, Coffee Table with Ceramic Top, France, C. 1960
By Roger Capron
Located in New York, NY
A coffee table by the great French designer Roger Capron, featuring bands of color and an abstraction of a radiant sun.
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1960s French Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

Ceramic Vase "Molaire" by Roger Capron, Vallauris, France, 1953-65
By Roger Capron
Located in Paris, FR
Ceramic Vase "Molaire" by Roger Capron, Vallauris, France, 1953-65 "Pyjama" decor
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1960s French Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

Ceramic Pitcher by Roger Capron, Vallauris, South France, 1960s
By Roger Capron
Located in Paris, FR
Ceramic by Roger Capron, Vallauris, south of France Pitcher model P41 produced between 1953 and 1965. Largest size of the three for this model. "Pyjama" decor Signed "Capron Valla...
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1960s French Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

Ceramic Bird Pitcher Vase Signed by Roger Capron, Vallauris, 1950s
By Roger Capron
Located in Paris, FR
Roger Capron (1922-2006) Stylized Bird vase signed Capron Vallauris circa 1950 Measures: H 22 cm x L 20 cm.
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1950s European Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

Pitcher / Vase by Roger Capron, France, 1960s
By Roger Capron
Located in Paris, FR
Pitcher / vase by Roger Capron, France, 1960s Signed "Capron Vallauris".
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1960s French Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

"Diabolo" Ceramic Vase, by Roger Capron, Vallauris
By Roger Capron
Located in Paris, Ile-de-France
A "Diabolo" shaped vase. Glazed ceramic with blue, red, yellow and black geometrical pattern. By Roger Capron, Vallauris, France, circa 1960.
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1960s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

Roger Capron Ceramic and Wood Dining Table Signed on a Tile
By Roger Capron
Located in Miami, FL
Tiles top Table by Roger Capron French ceramic Artist in Vallauris France. Representing the Etiquettes of the most prestigious Vineyards Mission Haut Brion .....Beajolais Village.......
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1970s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic, Wood

Midcentury Signed Roger Capron Ceramic Bowl, Center Piece, Vallauris, 1950s
By Roger Capron
Located in Saarbruecken, DE
Large ceramic plate by the famous French artist Roger Capron (1922-2006) from Vallauris. This rare ceramic bowl is from the 1950s and has an abstract pattern in yellow and black. ...
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1950s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Roger Capron

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Ceramic

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Roger Capron furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Roger Capron's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of ceramics and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Roger Capron collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 216 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of Roger Capron's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Mathieu Matégot, Pierre Chapo and Pierre Cardin. Prices for Roger Capron furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $295 and tops out at $23,050, while pieces like these can sell for $4,025.

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