Astier de Villatte Alexandre Teacup

€126

In Astier de Villatte’s Alexandre collection, deceptively simple forms are moulded and shaped by the hands of artisans in Paris. The defining feature of this series is the three-dimensional motif added to each piece. It’s modelled after an aged imprint of founder Benoît’s brother, Alexandre, which was found in the attic of his father, Pierre Carron. On this teacup, it appears between the handle, emerging from the glazed clay as if it's breaking free.

Product number: 2212602079

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Meet the maker:

Astier de Villatte

Old friends Ivan Pericoli and Benoît Astier de Villatte met at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, leading to the launch of Astier de Villatte in 1996. Since the beginning, they’ve been charmed with ideas of the imperfect, finding beauty in uneven glazes, dark pockmarks and subtle ripples. But these details only emphasise the craft tale behind each piece – stories that start with a single sheet of black terracotta clay extracted from Parisian quarries. They follow traditional Roman methods to bring each ‘dream object’ to life, shaping and inscribing each one with the potter’s initials and finishing with a high-shine white porcelain glaze.