As evidenced here, Bitossi has proven to be the most glittering producer of mid-century Italian ceramics. Decorated with the genuine ore, each of these textured treasures shine with that bit of bling from the golden era of Italian ceramic artistry.
Created in Valluris, France in the 1950s by ceramic artist Maurice Bessone, this delicious set of 4 ceramic glasses are perfect for sipping lemonade on theCôte d'Azur, in fact they even have lemon-yellow interiors.
Another piece by the genius Guido Gambone - among the best known and most celebrated ceramicists in Italian history.
This singed piece was made in his studio in the 1950s. The deeply saturated colors - shades of electric blue, midnight black, and cobalt are a visually arresting combination on a simple, modernist form.
Every day at The End of History we receive packages from one of our favorite places, France, just in is this wonderful example of French ceramic art from the 1920s.
In 1903 Alphonse Cytere founded an art ceramic studio in Rambervillers which
produced ceramics often designed by prestigious artists of the Ecole de
Nancy such as Bussiere, Gruber, Jeandelle and Majorelle. Rambervillers was known for it's unusual iridescent glazes on organic forms. At 6.5 inches wide this is small and powerful piece.
Guido Gambone (1909-1969) was one of the greatest Italian ceramic artists of the 20th Century. Here we have a large and exceptional vase from the 1950s that showcases his artistry in a sublime modernist form and glaze. Recently acquired from a private Swedish collection,18 inches tall.
A marvelously mod moment from Deruta, the classic Italian company generally known for more traditional fare. Teal - a hot color trend in both fashion and interior design alike - there is the added glitz factor of a gold wash.
20" x 12"
A large and magnificent 19th Century bronze and marble French or Italian urn modeled after a Greek or Roman form. Originally purchased by a wealthy British tourist on the Grand Tour circuit of Europe's great classical sites 150 years ago. Our example was recently acquired from the sale of an important English collection.
Spectacular condition and patina, 18 inches tall, unmarked.
An Italian hand carved ceramic owl - made by Aldo Londi for Bitossi in the 1960s. We have only come across one other, and it was in a more expected gold finish - the silvery metallic glaze makes this a rare bird indeed.
6 inches by 6 inches
One of the most elegant forms in nature lovingly reproduced here in gorgeously glazed stoneware - from the hand of creative designer, Gunnar Nylund for Rorstrand, Sweden, 1950s.
Huge at 15" tall and 7" wide. I imagine it would work perfectly in a seaside manse in Malibu or the Hamptons.
From the noted Venetian house of Cenedese comes this super-chic jet black Murano glass and gilded bronze table box, retaining the original Cenedese paper label, just over 4 inches square and just under 3 inches tall, a small and powerful representation of the perfection of classicism.
A large and important Olmec jade ceremonial celt (an axe or blade) dating from 1200-300BC.
Amongst Mesoamerican cultures such as the Olmec and Maya jade was one of the most valuable and rare commodities and the steel of neolithic civilization, as the hardest substance known to them it made it an ideal tool or weapon.
The value of jade went beyond its material worth. Perhaps because of its
color, mirroring that of water and vegetation, it was symbolically
associated with life and death and therefore possessed high religious and spiritual importance.
example comes from a private New York collection and has documentation
showing provenance and legality. 13 inches tall without the custom
museum quality stand.
Purchased together during a well traveled tourist's 1950s trip abroad to the island of Murano - these two stoppered bottles came from the famed Fratelli Toso shop in Venice, Itlay. Although the colors differ ever so slightly - the taller leans more teal, while the wider feels more robin's egg blue - these cased glass decanters will remain together as we can only see selling these as a pair. Their clean lines are decidedly modernist, lending to the harmony of the pairing.
18.5" and 13.5"
From the Italian house of Bitossi came the truly definitive example of the hue known as chartreuse...that almost electrified yellow/green that was all the rage in mid-20th-century & now feels so right again. Here is trio of gorgeously graphic beauties - from Aldo Londi - each pattern unique, but all featuring that mottled chartreuse base tone.
6", 9", 8.5"
Here we have a large and important 1930s stoneware vase by the noted Danish studio of Herman A. Kähler. We have never seen this floral classically Art Deco design before and at 12 inches tall this wonderful piece makes quite a statement.