Set of 7 "Gaulois" style vases; largest vessel is 15" x 7.87". Image via
Set of 3 vessels; height of largest piece is 16.25". Jon Howell Antiques and Design, $2,400 at post
Accolay Pottery roadside store circa 1966. Image via
Below are a few other pieces that illustrate the wide variety of forms created by Potiers d'Accolay.
Accolay Jug, 36.22" tall. 1st dibs Paris available at time of post.
Accolay vase with incised swirl design, 3.5" tall. Treadway Gallery, 2005
Accolay female form vase, 14" tall. Guéridon, $7,200 at time of post
Accolay ceramic lamp with glass details. Wooster Gallery, $2,900 at time of post
Accolay Pottery was started in the small village of Accolay, France in 1945 by four friends, André Boutaud, Slavic Paley, Louis Dangon and Raude. They were making ceramic buttons, mostly for themselves, when they were approached by fashion designer Christian Dior who gave them an order for 300 pieces. After Dior's collection was featured in magazines they received additional orders and with this success launched their business. On October 26, 1945 they set up their first shop in an abandoned factory in Accolay. Over the next few years their product offering and business quickly grew.
Accolay sold many pieces from service stations along RN6 and RN7, both major roadways to the South of France. In 1958 they built a large store alongside a Caltex service station on RN6 just outside of Vermenton (pictured below), which would become a roadside institution for years to come. It is said they modeled their stores after the grandstands at Le Mans (race) and the similarities are recognizable. Unfortunately good things don't last forever and business began to decline in the 70's due to changes in the market and the gas crisis. After the death of Boutaud in 1983, the company never recovered and the business was closed in 1989.
Potiers d' Accolay RN6 roadside store during its hayday, Vermenton, France. Image via
Aerial view. Image via.
The roadside building sat dilapidated and riddled with graffiti till it was torn down in 2009. Luckily one of the owners removed the iconic bird-like figure from the roof and relocated it to the town of Accolay. It took two cranes to move the 7 meter tall plaster piece to its new location and it has since been restored.
The abandoned business before it was completely destroyed (note figure still on rooftop). Image via
The abandoned Caltex service station and Accolay store after removal of rooftop figure, c. 2009. via
The iconic rooftop piece before its restoration. Image via
Bringing the "Bird" back to its original glory. Accolay, France 2009. Image via