Vintage Italian Ceramic Tray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi (circa 1960s)
Mid-Century Italian ceramic tray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi (circa 1960s). The piece presents a glazed central Rimini 'blu' band at the centre of the base with geometric shapes filled with whimsical features, and elsewhere, a rough-textured manganese-brown glazed structure. As with marks on all Italian pottery of the period, there are no hard-and-fast rules for marks used by Bitossi. Some pieces are totally unmarked, while others are simply impressed or painted 'ITALY', denoting that they were made for export. It is essential to consider the shape, glaze, clay and form when trying to attribute a piece to Bitossi. Their system was extremely complex and is still being recorded and decoded by the company's archive division (ref: 'Alla Moda - Italian Ceramics of the 1950s-70s', by Mark Hill). This piece's underside sports the model number 2/28 and is also marked 'ITALY' as it was produced for the export market. This delightful Londi tray is in good overall condition with just a few blemishes commensurate with age. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video will be provided.
About the Artist: Aldo Londi (1911-2003), nicknamed chiodo (nail), did not come from a family of potters, but showed an early aptitude for working with clay. He apprenticed at Fratelli Fanciullacci aged 11. Within a few years he had gained enough skill to work on his own and began to study decorating. His development was interrupted by military service. In 1940 he was captured by the Allies and imprisoned in South Africa. He remained there for five years, during which time he learnt English and set up a small kiln and rudimentary pottery. His brother-in-law, Marcello Bitossi, encouraged him to join the Bitossi factory. His talents became evident almost immediately, and the family appointed him artistic director, a position that he maintained for three decades until his retirement in 1976 (ref: 'Alla Moda - Italian Ceramics of the 1950s-70s', by Mark Hill).
H 5.5 cm / 2.2"
Dia 28 cm / 11"