Ceramic French Scenes Vintage MCM Wall Art - Original Arnart Creation Japan
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This pair of triptych-style ceramic tiles have hand painted scenes of Paris in the 1950's. Signed Renée, the three tiles in each wall hanging form a pretty vignette. The horizontal set is entitled "Paris, La Madeleine, Marché aux fleurs," depicting the Marché aux fleurs (flower market) on Place de La Madeleine (Madeleine Square). The vertical trio of tiles, titled "Paris La Saint Chapelle," depicts the Sainte-Chapelle chapel on the Ile de la Cité, built in the 12th century.
The tiles are framed in half-round wood molding painted black. They are backed with natural wood panels and bear the original beehive shape foil label in blue and gold that reads "ORIGINAL ARNART CREATION JAPAN." (The label on the vertical set is partially torn, but identifiable.) There is also a black and gold foil label that reads "ENTIRELY HAND PAINTED."
Arnart was founded in Japan as exporters in 1953, initially named "Arnart Original Creation, Japan"; in 1957 they opened an office on 5th Avenue in New York City and began using labels with the name "Arnart 5th Ave., continuing to export items made in Japan, primarily to the US.
Each set of three tiles measures 13 1/2 inches by 5 inches and each set weighs 14 ounces. There is a hanging wire installed on the back of each, although they stand nicely when propped up. They are in excellent condition; the tiles have no chips or cracks, while the frames have only a few tiny dents in the wood and the corners are tight and undamaged. They display beautifully, pair well with other artworks and look great on their own.
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