This is a stunning and rare Marcello Fantoni vase, made in Florence, Italy circa 1950s.
So characteristic of his work, with a highly stylised sgraffito Cubist figure very similar to his iconic figure of a woman “Satiro innamorato” sculptures. With multicoloured glossy glazes against an earthy organic style base on an unusual gourd form, with a contrasting bright blue interior.
The vase has a handpainted mark to the base ‘Fantoni Italy, with the ‘Duomo’ symbol based on Florence’s Cathedral’s dome.
A great addition to any collection of Fantoni, Italian or European fine art ceramics or 20th century design. Would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, modernist, 1950s, 1960s, minimalist or contemporary interior.
Measures 17.5 x 11 x 6cm / 7 x 4.5 x 2.5in.
In excellent condition, no chips, cracks or crazing.
Marcello Fantoni was one of the greatest ceramicists and designers of the 20th century, his pieces were influenced by ancient Etruscan ceramics, and by contemporary modern artists of the mid century era. Incorporating elements of Modernism, Cubism and abstraction, this led to his pieces being included in collections of international Modern Art museums and galleries.
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.
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, a little crazing to the thick enamel as is common with these pieces, nothing to detract on display. In fully working order, keeping good time, takes one size C. 1.5V battery not included.
Measures 30 x 30 x 5.5cm / 12 x 12 x 2.25in.
Hand signed to the back with the artists name (indistinct) and partially under the mechanism.
This is a beautiful vase made by Volpi Deruta, Italy circa mid 1950’s.
A great rare and unusual piece from Maiolica Derutese Volpi, showcasing Serafino Volpi’s adventurous forms and decors.
Stunning form, so reminiscent of the era with its asymmetric, curving bud-like form inspired by nature.
The decor is superb, on a glossy white base are raised white dots, labour-intensively hand applied with a pump. These lay all over on top of bright multicoloured hand-painted starburst motifs. The interior contrasts eye poppingly with a bright glossy blue glaze!
Would make a fantastic addition to any collection of Italian, studio, European art pottery, and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, mid century, kitsch or contemporary interior.
Hand marked to the base ‘Foreign 4117/17’.
In excellent condition, no marks, chips or scratches, a couple of tiny burst bubbles in the glaze from production, nothing to detract on display.
Measures 17 x 10 x 8cm / 7 x 4 x 3.25in.
This is a stunning Smalandshyttan art glass vase, designed by Josef Schott, Sweden circa 1960’s.
A fantastic space age design by one of the smaller lesser known glass factories in the province of Smaland, the glassmaking centre of Sweden. In operation from 1947-76, Czech born Schott was their head designer.
This vase is typical of his 1960’s output, with the complex moulded abstract geometric design. The relief pattern is different on all 4 sides and the raised forms and the thick indigo blue cased sommerso glass catch the light beautifully.
Resembling a Modernist building or spaceship, very reminiscent of the mid century era, cutting edge Scandinavian design that still looks fresh and futuristic now!
A great piece of Scandinavian art glass that makes a sculptural statement piece in its own right, sculptural and imposing, also perfect as a practical vase, or as a desk accessory.
A perfect addition to any collection of Scandinavian / Swedish art glass, and would complement any retro, vintage, mid century, 60’s, space age, modernist, minimal or contemporary interior.
In excellent condition, no marks, chips or scratches.
Measures 12.5 x 11 x 7cm / 5 x 4.5 x 2.75in. This is a chunky heavy piece of glass weighing 1.2kg.
Available in my Etsy shop: http://etsy.me/1MSmsnm
This is a stunning large vintage Bitossi Ceramiche pottery horse, made in Italy circa 1960’s.
A wonderful stylised form to this ‘Cavallo’ (Horse) sculpture, designed by Aldo Londi in 1963. Resembling ancient clay horses made in Greece, Rome or China, very solid and imposing in stature.
Beautifully detailed and decorated with impressed motifs and with a rough texture to the finish created using crushed granules in the clay, characteristic of Bitossi’s output and these techniques can be seen on the iconic ‘Rimini Blu’ pieces. Beautiful glossy layered mustard yellow glazes possibly a precursor to the ‘Sahara’ range, reminiscent of the sun and sand of the desert.
Would make a fantastic display piece, and would look great in any 60’s, 70’s, retro, vintage, mid century modern, modernist or contemporary interior. A great addition to any collection of Bitossi / Italian / European art pottery or 20th century design.
Unmarked to the base as is common with these pieces.
In great condition, no chips or cracks, there are a few small glaze flakes which have been previously coloured (see picture) could be painted over, do not detract overall.
Measures 32 x 29 x 12.5cm / 12.5 x 11.5 x 5in.
Overseas buyers please enquire about shipping costs, as this is a heavy item, weighing over 3kg, combined postage may be available.
Available in my Etsy shop : http://etsy.me/1PAjPpq
This is a great rattan / wicker monkey figure, country of origin unknown, circa 1950’s.
A wonderful cute character, a shelf sitting figure in a ‘speak no evil’ or just playful pose! Fantastic stylised monkey shape, so expressive and great detailing, all expertly woven out of rattan with the feet and hands made of canes wrapped round with flat palms. The orange face is made of rattan coated in plastic, with black bead eyes.
Very much in the style of Kay Bojesen’s and Walter Bosse’s mid century monkey / animal figures and would make a perfect addition to any such collection, or to sit on a Danish Modern / Eames era sideboard or shelves as a quirky fun piece of home decor!
Would make a fantastic addition to any collection of mid century animal figures, Bojesen, Zoo line, Walter Bosse etc and would complement any retro, vintage, 1950’s, 1960’s, mid century, modernist, Danish Modern, minimalist or contemporary styled interior.
In excellent condition, a couple of loose canes overall, the right ear appears a little skewed but all adds to the vintage character, nothing to detract on display.
Measures 36 x 27 x 27cm / 14 x 11 x 11in.
Available in my Etsy shop : http://etsy.me/1ya3cxy
Happy 2015! Only a couple of weeks into the New Year and I have already had a few exciting finds, including this lovely Bitossi Ceramiche ‘Rimini Blu’ cat. Designed by Aldo Londi in the late 1960’s in the classic decor and colours that are so reminiscent of the Mediterranean and the mid century modernist era. Super stylish with wonderful character, a beautiful piece to accessorise any sideboard, mantelpiece or table and would fit perfectly into any Bitossi or Italian pottery collection.
This was made for the shop Cer Paoli for a limited time in the early 1970’s hence their mark and not that of Bitossi on the base, and was sold on the Rimini Coast in the place that inspired the decor!
Here’s hoping for more great little gems like this for the rest of the year!