1960s Italian Bertoncello Mid Century, Modernist Cream and Sienna Glaze Ceramic Jug Vase
THE ITEM Presenting a sculpted work of Italian Mid Century Modern, Modernist design by the Bertoncello pottery that was sadly closed in 1999.
The sumptuous glaze of this piece is smooth to touch and not too overtly glossy. Visually, it presents as a refined blending of rich, pale vanilla that is feathered with deep sienna, giving additional depth. Step back and look at the piece as a whole, the effect resembles leather or marbled stone.
The gently exaggerated curves in the 'bulb' and handle of the form adds to the sculpted look, as well as aesthetic balance.
A BIT OF HISTORY Bertoncello Ceramiche was founded in Schiavon, Italy around 1956. For many years it was run solely by a Mr. Lini and Giovanni Bertoncello (1930-2011), but by the 1970s had a staff of around 30. Giovanni was the creative force behind the forms and glazes, supported later by a Mr. Boatto – a Venetian teacher.
Sadly not a lot is known about the company because all its catalogues and archives were destroyed when the company closed in 1999. The forms of Bertoncello pottery are often very sculptural, modern and organic and some look like smaller studies or maquettes for massive modernist sculptures that are yet to be built. This sculptural appearance of many pieces was enhanced by the use of feet which subtly raise the piece off the surface on which it sits.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches to the body. There is imperceptible use wear ( mainly in light movement marks on the underside of the vase's base) - please refer to photos as part of the condition report.
MEASUREMENTS c. 7.3" / 18.5 cm tall by c. 4.7" / 12 cm wide (across body's widest point). Base diameter: c. 2.4" / 6 cm
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 352 g
NOTES Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.