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Studio Laurana Rame D’ Arte enamelled copper wall clock, made in Italy circa 1960’s

This is a Beautiful Studio Laurana Rame D’ Arte enamelled copper wall clock, made in Italy circa 1960’s.

A Fantastic design from this ‘copper art’ studio founded by Franco Bastianelli in Pesaro, Italy in 1958.

Stunning Italian modernist / brutalist style very reminiscent of the work of Curtis Jere and Marcello Fantoni during the mid century era.

The clock face is made of copper, with indentations and holes roughly hewn around the rim, embellished with shimmering fiery multicoloured enamelled glazes. In the middle are raised glassy droplets to roughly mark the time.

Fitted with a very reliable German Kienzle movement and lovely period brass hands, and a pink sweeping secondhand.

Would make a prefect addition for any mid century, modernist, brutalist, 1950’s, 1960’s, vintage, retro or contemporary interior as a practical piece of wall art!

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches, a little kink in the secondhand, nothing to detract on display. In fully working order, takes one size C. 1.5V battery not included.

Measures 25 x 25 x 5cm / 10 x 10 x 2in.

Hand signed to the back with the artists name (indistinct).

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Set of 4 teak lidded ceramic canisters, by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s

These are a Fantastic set of 4 teak lidded ceramic canisters, by Bitossi Ceramiche, Italy circa 1960’s / 1970’s.

A Wonderful bright design, probably by Aldo Londi, with their lower half having a glossy orange glaze, incised with vertical ribs. Contrasting with the unglazed middle section which has the rough texture so reminiscent of Bitossi pieces. Capped by a glossy white rim and each having a teak lid which has a rubber seal to secure it.

The colours and style are so typical of the mid century era and of Londi’s iconic work for Bitossi.

A Very unusual and highly collectable set of canisters, prefect for storage in a retro kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office or living room, but would equally look great as decoration in any room arranged in a row or cluster on a table or mantelpiece.

Would make an Excellent addition to any collection of Italian / European pottery and would complement any 1960’s, 70’s, retro, vintage, mid century, minimal, modernist or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, no cracks or chips, some crazing to the white glaze and irregularities in the unglazed areas from production. The lids have a lovely age related patina to them.

The largest pot measures 19 x 14 x 14cm / 7.5 x 5.5 x 5.5in.

Second largest measures 16 x 12 x 12cm / 6.5 x 4.75 x 4.75in.

Third largest measures 13 x 10 x 10cm / 5 x 4 x 4 in.

Smallest pot measures 9.5 x 7.5 x 7.5cm

Handpainted marks to the bases ‘320 Italy’, ‘321 Italy’, ‘323 Italy’.


Bitossi Ceramiche ‘Vetrata’ vase, Italy circa 1966

This is a Beautiful Bitossi Ceramiche ‘Vetrata’ vase, Italy circa 1966.

A Fabulous piece designed by Aldo Londi in 1966, with a vibrant glossy multicoloured stained glass pattern on a glossy brushed ground base. A Striking style very different to the iconic ‘Rimini Blu’, this reflects the Cubist, Modernist and Modern Art influences of the era.

A Wonderful vase from one of the greatest designers and ceramicists of the 20th century.

A Fantastic decorative vase, and would look great in any 60’s, retro, vintage, mid century modern, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior. A Great addition to any collection of Bitossi / Italian / European art pottery or 20th century design.

In Excellent Condition, no chips or cracks, some age related wear to the base, nothing to detract.

Hand Marked to the base V430/25 Italy.

Measures 25.5 x 10 x 10cm / 10 x 4 x 4in.

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‘Agina’ vase by Hans Welling for Ceramano, West Germany circa 1960’s

This is a Stunning ‘Agina’ (Aegina) decor vase, designed by Hans Welling for Ceramano, West Germany circa 1961.

Ceramano was founded in 1959 as an off shoot of Jasba Ceramics, to produce experimental art ceramics in the ‘studio pottery’ style. Hans Welling was their key designer and this piece is characteristic of his style.
Using wax resist and sgraffito geometric motifs and stylised birds surround the body. Combined with the classical shape they evoke ancient Greek styles based on the mythology of ‘Aegina’.

The form is Stunning with the bulbous base and long conical neck with a flared rim, similar to a lagynos / oil flask.

Further enhanced by a subtle ‘Fat Lava’ glaze in creamy brown, bubbling in places and streaked in others, showing through the base brown glaze as with the motifs.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of West German, Fat Lava, European or Studio Pottery and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, minimalist, 1950’s, 1960’s, or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 21 x 13 x 13cm / 8.5 x 5.25 x 5.25in.

Handmarked to the base ‘121 W.Germany Ceramano handarb. Agina’, with the decorators initials.

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Robert Picault bird plate, Vallauris, France circa 1950’s / 60’s

This is a Beautiful decorative plate / wall plate with bird / dove motif by Robert Picault, Vallauris, France circa 1950’s / 60’s.

Vallauris is a pottery region in south-eastern France, Picasso lived here from 1948 – 55 and greatly contributed to the renaissance of the pottery industry, this legendary golden age when everyone was a potter, including famous ceramicists Roger Capron and Charles Voltz. Their influence is clearly seen in the abstracted painterly decors.

Picault had worked with Capron and was a friend of Picasso’s. His handpainted style used Mediterranean colours, turquoise blue, green and brown with repeated geometric abstract motifs, and sometimes birds as seen on this plate.

Very stylised possible a Dove, the bird is simply rendered in turquoise green and black thick brushstrokes, very similar to Picasso’s work for the Madoura pottery.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of Vallauris / French / European / Studio pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, 50’s, 60’s, Mediterranean, French or contemporary styled interior.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches. Some crazing commensurate with age, and a tiny firing dot in the glaze (pictured).

Measures 23 x 23 x 2.5cm / 9 x 9 x 1in.

Handpainted mark to the base ‘RP. La Roue Vallauris’. La Roue / The Wheel was a pottery workshop in the town.


Exbor cased cut glass vase, Czechoslovakia circa 1964

This is a Stunning Czech cased, cut glass vase, designed by Oldrich Lipsky for Exbor, Czechoslovakia circa 1964.

A Striking Modernist design from Exbor, who produced cutting edge, modern avant garde designs during this period. A striking example of the renaissance in Czech glass design in the 1960′s. From behind the Iron Curtain, re-establishing the country’s skilled designers reputation for producing unique art glass masterpieces.

The vase with its cased thick / chunky glass in yellow and red, is cut with wavy undulating optical effects on the corner edges. Giving wonderful complex forms and catching the light beautifully and differently from every angle. Very unusual and a clear break from traditional forms, evoking the forward thinking Space Age era.

A Great addition to any collection of Sklo /Czech or Art Glass. Would complement any retro, vintage, 60’s, 70’s, space age, modernist, mid century, minimalist or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, no chips or scratches, a few very tiny fleabites on the top, mentioned for accuracy, nothing to detract. Stunning overall on display.

Marked to the base with the Exbor acid stamp, can be faintly seen in the base photo.

Measures 21.5 x 8 x 8cm / 8.5 x 3.25 x 3.25in.

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Italian pottery jug / vase by S. Volpi studio circa mid 1950’s

This is a Beautiful vase / jug made by the S. Volpi pottery studio, Italy circa mid 1950’s.

A Great rare piece from the studio pottery of Serafino Volpi, set up after he left his company Maiolica Derutese Volpi, to persue non traditional adventurous forms and decors.

Stunning form, so reminiscent of the era with its bulbous body and curved slanting rim / spout, balanced by a large squared decorative handle.

The decor is Superb, on a glossy white base are raised random white squiggles and sgraffito lines. Colourful handpainted stylised motifs adorn the whole body, a pair of snakes, starbursts, bright blocks of solid colour and pink dots. The handle contrast nicely in pink with gold dots and gilt edges, which carries around the rim of the spout.

Would make a Fantastic addition to any collection of Italian / Studio / European pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, mid century, kitsch or contemporary interior.

Hand marked to the base ‘S. Volpi Deruta 2709’.

In Excellent Condition, no marks, chips or scratches.

Measures 22 x 17 x 14cm / 8.75 x 6.75 x 5.5in.

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Dumler & Breiden Keramik vase, West Germany circa 1970’s

This is a lovely small Dumler & Breiden Keramik vase, West Germany circa 1970’s.

A Fantastic piece of West German ‘Fat Lava’ pottery. Very reminiscent of Studio pottery of the era, and of the complex glazes of master ceramicists such as Marcello Fantoni.

The simple classical baluster form has a base black glossy glaze. This is overlaid with complex crusty lava glazes, in bands, foaming and dripping in black, white and light blue colours, and forming circular motifs on two sides.
These are filled with a wonderful lustrous bronze glaze, and the vase is further enlivened with dripping bands of green and bronze.

Very organic the colours and glazes echoing nature, rocks, earth, fire and water, characteristic of the early 1970’s, echoing a break from Modernism and the Space Age styles.

A Great addition to any collection of West German / Fat Lava / European Art Pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 70’s, minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition no marks, chips or scratches

Impressed mark to the base ‘479 / 14 Germany’, with the D&B logo.

Measures 14.5 x 7.5 x 7.5cm / 5.75 x 3 x 3in.

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Vintage Kienzle nautical style wall clock on a rope, Germany circa 1950’s

This is a Stunning Nautical style hanging wall clock on a rope, made by Kienzle, Germany circa 1950’s.

A Fantastic Art Deco design, with the round face mounted on wood and brass rimmed, Very reminiscent of the era with the stylised numerals and sleek rounded form. Lovely decorative hands and brass clasps holding the rope, similar to a ships clock design.
Incorporates elements of the Bauhaus / Modernist design movements in Germany at the time. Most likely a Heinrich Moeller design, who produced many stunning Deco pieces for this highly renowned clock maker.

Would make a great stylish practical addition to any nautical, retro, vintage, art deco, modernist, mid century or contemporary styled interior. Perfect for an office, hallway or living room.

In Full Working Order, fitted with a later Kienzle battery operated mechanism.

In Excellent Condition, some tarnishing to the brass, the wood is in Great Condition, nice golden patina. A few marks on the clock face from 60+ years of the hands moving, nothing to detract.

The clock measures 17 x 17 x 5cm / 6.5 x 6.5 x 2in. Its length when hanging is 42cm / 16.5in.

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