A wonderfully Modernist piece of sculpted Italian stoneware with design inspiration taken from the Adriatic sea, off the coast of Rimini in Italy and hence the series name Rimini.
The glaze and the series which subsequently grew from it has become iconic and most highly collectable in Aldo Londis' work. The tones of Old Gold, Goldenrod and Espresso Brown in gloss glaze of this piece are a rarer variation to the more commonly found blues and greens in the Rimini Blu version of the series.
The geometric decor is very tactile, with shapes and lines etched into the clay during the crafting process. The glaze displays strokes of colour blended together finished with a glossy smooth glaze that is interspersed with coarse grit in the clay.
This piece additionally features Kintsugi golden seams following careful repairing and highlighting. The Kintsugi technique is modern and has been applied in a tactile manner, a gentle compliment to the tones of gold and brown in the glaze.
Excellent. This piece has been carefully repaired using a robust water-resistant and durable resin. There is natural wear that is most prominent on the undersides of the hooves and some gentle crazing is also present in the glaze which is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the belly is also marked with the model number of '45145/626' and 'ITALY' and an additional written inscription of 1965 on one hoof.
Height: c. 5.9" / 15 cm (ears to base) x c. 6.1" / 15.5 cm length (tail to nose). Width: c. 3.6 / 9.1 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 790 g
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A BIT OF HISTORY
Bitossi Ceramiche - Aldo Londi 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, the Rimini series (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.
Kintsugi is a Japanese philosophy with similarities to the philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which includes ideas surrounding the embracing of the flawed or imperfect. The art of Kintsugi ("golden joinery") is the repairing of broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. The aesthetics of this philosophy values breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.