The glaze of this horse sculpture may, at first glance, remind you of West German pottery but it is in fact Italian and the inspiration for the design was taken from the Adriatic sea, off the coast of Rimini, Italy and hence the name of the series Rimini Blu.
The glaze and subsequent series which came from it has become iconic and one of the most highly collectable in Aldo Londis' work.
In fact, the horse sculpture is one of the most iconic pieces of the series and you'll find that many ceramic manufactories made their own version (see last photo of this listing for the Bay Ceramic's interpretation).
This piece is very tactile, with brush strokes of the green, blue and black evident, the great blend of glossy smooth glaze is interspersed with coarse grit in the clay as well as that of which comes from the inscribed and carved designs.
Excellent. Very minimal and gentle crazing considering the age of this piece, a few wear spots on the coarser grit of the body - two small but notable spots are present on the mane. Please see photos as part of condition report.
c. 10.2" / 26 cm tall (mane to base) x c. 10.6" / 27 cm wide (tail to nose)
Unpackaged weight: c. 2.1 kg / 2,086 g
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The leading antiques and collectables site 1st Dibs also has one available, and you'll notice that the design of the decor is the same, right down to the patterns on the saddle.
A BIT OF HISTORY
After World War II, master ceramist Aldo Londi (1911-2003) became the creative director of Bitossi Ceramiche, a position he held for more than 50 years. Londi apprenticed in ceramics at the young age of 11 and brought a deep expertise in traditional ceramics production to Bitossi .
He’s best known for his 1950s-era collection, this Rimini Blu (1955-1965). This iconic mid-century modern series contains over 150 designs, including bowls, vases, jugs and animal figurines, all glazed in a vibrant blue hue and embossed with abstract motifs and shapes.
Londi created the first piece glazed in Persiano Blue, the Ball Vase, in 1955. Shortly after in 1959, he began to create more pieces in the proprietary glaze. The collection holds historical importance because it helped to bring handcrafted and expressive works into the modernist design conversation in Italy.
Though blue was not the only colour Bitossi favoured, it has become closely associated with the brand’s identity. The collection is still in production today and widely collected by ceramics enthusiasts.