Astier de Villatte
Part of the John Derian collection, the 19th-century inspired Beetle saucer from Astier de Villatte is a testament to the Parisian brand’s spiritual ethos and John Derian's iconic découpage.
Votary of pre-industrial fabrication, Astier de Villatte is celebrated for being the one and only studio in Paris to hold and harbour the traditions of artisanal ceramic production. Restoring the ancestral systems of moulding and stamping, the Beetle saucer is made using techniques from the Middle Ages which involve moulding a sheet of handmade clay, double firing the ‘biscuit’ piece and glazing the product in white enamel – a lengthy process that requires a drying time of up to one month. Characterised by John Derian’s beetle découpage, the saucer is engraved with the brand’s signature crest - depicting an interlacing A & V - alongside the collaborator's name in block captials. Each handmade piece tells a beautiful story, it romances and imparts a sense of nostalgia into its owner. Pair with other saucers from the John Derian collection for a coordinated decorative approach.
Artisanal production gives each ceramic object a unique aspect, meaning products may slightly vary.
“We ask people to produce with a good spirit so the pieces look almost alive.”
Benoît Astier de Villatte and Ivan Pericoli, Astier founders
- Small saucer
- John Derian collection
- Exposed clay
- Handmade by master artisans
- Engraved with the brand's signature and initials of master artisan
- Clay sourced from quarries in the Paris basin
- Hand wash recommended
- Use dishwasher tablets free from phosphates
- Not suitable for microwaves or traditional ovens
- Made in Paris
COMPOSITION & SIZE
90% Parisian Black Clay; 10% White Enamel
H: 2.5cm, Dia: 11.5cm