Presenting a sculpted and Modernist influenced piece of Italian ceramic.
The glaze is silky and smooth to touch and not too overtly glossy. Visually, it presents as a refined blending of rich, pale vanilla that is tinged with deep sienna that gives added depth. Step back and look at the piece as a whole, the effect resembles polished marble.
Like Antoni Gaudi's architecture, there are no sharp angles or perfectly straight lines and the gently exaggerated curves are adds to the sculpted look as well as great aesthetic balance.
The height and width lends presence and means this piece can display as standalone without looking out of place. A work of sophistication which could suit a Mid Century Modern, Modernist, or Vintage / Retro decor themed room.
Excellent, no chips, cracks or scratches to the body. There is age-wear (wear that is commensurable with age) with light movement marks and two 'fleabite' chips along the rim of the base which are not visible when the vase is upright. Please see photos as part of the condition report. Base bears the number '935'.
c. 12.6" / 32 cm tall by c. 6" / 15 cm wide (across body's widest point). Base diameter: c. 3.1" / 8 cm
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.9 kg / 850 g
Ceramic will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
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.