Ref. : 3694-10-en


Guidette Carbonell (1910-2018)

"The Fountain of Youth"
("La Fontaine de Jouvence").



France, dated 1948

H total : 85 cm / 33.5 in.
Upper Part :
: 72 cm / 28.3 in.
L max : 54cm / 21.3 in.
Lower Part :
H max : 13 cm / 5.1 in.
L max : 71 cm / 28 in.
W max : 42 cm /16.5 in.
Ø : 40 cm / 15.7  in.



"The Fountain of Youth".
Important dark green enamelled faience wall fountain in the Italian Renaissance spirit, representing two putti, inspired by the artist's daughters Isabelle and Marianne lifting and tilting above their head a pumpkin from which springs the water by the tail.
Ordered by the French decorator Jean Pascaud (1903-1996).
Unique piece.



Signature and date "G. Carbonell. 1948." in cursive letters on the left side of the upper part.










Unique piece.

Made in 1948, on a commission of the French decorator Jean Pascaud (1903-1996) for the Harriet Hubbard Ayer Institute, 89 Faubourg Saint-Honoré in Paris.
Illustrated in Boder, (F.) et Lacquemant, (K), Carbonell Guidette: Céramiques et tapisseries, Ed Norma, p.54.


Selective Biography

Guidette Carbonell (1910-2008), French artist on ceramics, painter and decorator.

Born in Meudon (near Paris), she follows at the age of 15, the teaching of the painter André Lhote at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Then she entered to the Académie Ranson, where she took drawing and painting lessons from Roger Bissière before to complete her training in the studio of the artist Othon Friesz.

In 1935, she began her personal work on ceramics  with the help of ceramist Josep Artigas, favoring poetic, naive and cheerful shapes and using thick enamels close to the "pate de verre" (glass paste).

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In 1937, on the occasion of the Exposition internationale des arts et techniques de Paris, the French State commissioned her two Monumental Fountains and a "Wall Decor".

In 1938, she married the French sculptor Emmanuel Auricoste and was invited in residence by the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres where she mainly worked on sandstone.

In 1945, she became a member of the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs.

In 1957, she was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters).

Between 1967 and 1989, she works on a new medium; tapestries using fragments of fabric glued and sewn.

In her rich, polymorphous and dreamlike work, almost exclusively composed of unique pieces, Guidette Carbonell explored, throughout her life, the worlds of mythology, music, poetry, science ... with a never-ending wonderment about the nature and the beauty of life ...


Selective Bibliography

Revue :
Faré, (M.), La Céramique Contemporaine, Paris, 1953, p. 31 et 69, fig. p. 88, n°47 et n°48.

Book :
Boder, (F.), et Lacquemant, (K), Guidette Carbonell : Céramiques et tapisseries, Ed Norma.