1950s Italian Bitossi by Aldo Londi, Iconic Rimini Blu Series, Persiano Blue Glaze Ceramic Vase

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Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712
Iconic 1950's Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Persiano Blue Handmade Ceramic Vase, Rimini Blu, Form: 712

THE ITEM

The glaze of this vase 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.

This series has become iconic and one of the most highly collectable in Londis' work and the signature on bottom of vase "712 Italy" is hallmark of the early Bitossi Vases made between 1953-1958. 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 inscribed and carved designs.

CONDITION

Very good. Gentle crazing all over as would be expected for a piece of this age and a few wear spots on the coarser grit of the body, please see photos as part of condition report.

MEASUREMENTS

c. 7" / 18.2 cm tall by 5.8" / 15 cm wide across its widest points

Unpackaged weight: c. 1.4 kg / 1,431 g

NOTES

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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.