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Fabulous and imposing large lidded canister in the remarkable Rimini Blue glaze that Bitossi is so well known for.

This is a lovely vintage piece of Italian potter that works so well in mid-Century, retro and modern decor.

Based in Florence, Bitossi Ceramiche draws on craft traditions that date back to the 1500s. These find expression in the artisanal vases and animal figures by the firm’s longtime art director Aldo Londi, as well as the colorful, totemic vessels designed by the high priest of postmodernism, Ettore Sottsass.
The company was incorporated by Guido Bitossi in 1921, though the family began making art pottery in the mid-19th century. In the 1930s, Londi came aboard, bringing with him a mindset that respected time-honored craft, yet looked also to the future. On the one hand, Londi’s perspective fostered the making of Bitossi’s popular whimsical animal figures, hand-shaped and -carved and finished in a rich azure glaze known as “Rimini Blue.”

But with his other hand, Londi reached out to thoughtful, experimental designers such as Sottsass. Starting in the 1950s, some 20 years before he founded the Memphis postmodern design collective in Milan, Sottsass used the Bitossi kilns to create timeless works that manifest both primitive forms and modern geometries. In later decades, Bitossi would welcome new generations of designers, which have included such names as Ginevra Bocini and Karim Rashid. While always looking forward, Bitossi is firm in their belief that mastery of craft is the first step towards beautiful design.

The pottery is quite soft so it is not unusual for older pieces to have flakes of glaze missing. This is in excellent vintage condition but does have a small area of glaze missing from the very top of the lid as shown in the images.

The total height is 47.5cm tall. I have pictured another piece of Bitossi beside it so you can understand the scale. Please click here to ask a question
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