money box

Train money box, Bertoncello Ceramiche D’Arte, Italy circa 1960’s

This is a Stunning Train money box / piggy bank, attributed to Bertoncello Ceramiche D’Arte, Italy circa late 1960’s / 70’s.

A Wonderful stylised form, the lovely cartoon like Locomotive / Steam train has great detailing, a slot in the top for coins and a stopper on the base.

In a fantastic Bright and Glossy orangey red glaze, with handpainted details in green, white, and fantastic blue and yellow foamy glazes, very reminiscent of the Pop Art / Flower Power / Psychedelic era! Pieces with this glaze and decor were made by the renowned Bertoncello during this period, and are scarcer than their more subdued pieces.

Would make a Great addition to any collection of money boxes, piggy banks, Italian or European pottery. Perfect appeal for a kids room, or as home decor for any 1960’s / 70’s / pop art / psychedelic / Mediterranean / minimal or contemporary interior.

In Excellent Condition, still has the original stopper, no chips, marks, scratches or crazing.

Measures 16.5 x 7.5 x 12cm / 6.5 x 3 x 4.75in.

The base is hand marked 014 ITALY and is made using white clay, as is characteristic for this output.



Hoptimist Billionaire Bimble Money Box in red, designed by Hans Gustav Ehrenreich, Denmark circa 1969

The Hoptimist ‘Billionaire Bimble’ moneybox is a classic of Danish Modern design.  The range of brightly coloured spring bodied toy figures were created by Hans Gustav Ehrenreich in 1969, and definitely embody a feeling of Space Age optimism and Pop Art fun into their quirky design.