This is a Fantastic pottery donkey / horse and cart planter / vase, made in Italy circa 1950’s / 60’s
A Lovely stylised mid century design, very reminiscent of Walter Bosse’s animal figures. The cartoon like donkey with a coiled mane and tail pulling a cart that can be used as a planter.
Stunning glazes similar to those used by Fratelli Fanciullacci, this piece is attributed to one of the Montelupo potteries (Bitossi region). Over a khaki green glossy base is a textured spray glaze in an off white. Highlighted by the red coiled mane and tail, and patterned motifs on the cart picked out in yellow.
Perfect for use as a planter for a cactus or small plant, as a small posy vase, or as a novelty table decoration for holding breadsticks, sweets etc.
Would make a Great addition to any collection of Italian / European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, 1960’s, mid century or kitsch styled interior.
Marked to the base ‘Made in Italy’.
In Excellent Condition, no chips, cracks or crazing, a couple of small unglazed patches from production, nothing to detract.
Measures 20 x 12 x 9cm / 8 x 4.75 x 3.5in.
Available in my Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1yzDTBO