This stunning work of mid-century Modern design was designed by Aldo Londi (b. 1911 - d. 2003) for Bitossi Ceramiche. Inspiration for the glaze is said to be taken from the Adriatic sea, off the coast of Rimini in Italy and hence the series name Rimini Blu.
This series has become iconic and one of the most highly collectable in Londi's work, the glazed signature on the base of the vase "712 Italy" is a hallmark of the early Bitossi Vases made between the 1950s and 1960s. This piece is very tactile and has a great blend of glossy smooth glaze interspersed with coarse grit in the clay as well as that of which comes from the Sgraffito carved designs.
Good. There is a repaired chip on the underside of the vase which on display, measures 0.7 mm in length by 0.4 mm in height. There is gentle crazing all over commensurate with the age of the piece and a few wear spots to the coarser grit of the glaze. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report.
Height: c. 7" / 18.2 cm tall by 5.8" / 15 cm diameter (across widest point). Rim diameter: c. 3.5" / 8.8 cm. Base diameter: c. 4.3" / 11 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.4 kg / 1,431 g
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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, 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.