Vintage Italian Decorative Ceramic Bottle by Bruno Gambone (circa 1980s)
Italian ceramic decorative bottle with lid by Bruno Gambone (circa 1980s). Reduced to its most basic elements - like a Mondrian painting - Gambone has simplified this stately piece to essential straight lines in the base and pure, soft lines in the neck leading to the mouth with its cap. Whereas Mondrian used flat, primary colours, Gambone preferred an undiluted, chalky white for this piece to impart a sense of tranquility and grace, like a Japanese zen garden. This sculptural work consists of a rectangular base capped by a long, elegant mouth. Two sides of the bottle are graced with gridlines defining quadrants from the base to the shoulders. The other sides are clean, rectangular blocks - all have minuscule, brown speckles leading up to the neat, full brown of the cap. The top has an attached cork in a nod to its utilitarian origins. Exceptionally desirable and very collectible, this elegant work of art would be a stylish addition to your home or workspace. In good overall condition commensurate with age. Signed: 'Gambone - Italy'. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying the listing. A short video will be provided upon request.
About the Artist: Bruno Gambone (1936-2021) followed in the footsteps of his father. The Gambone ceramics have had two very distinct phases of artistic expression in their history. That of the father, Guido Gambone (1909-1969), arguably Italy's most prominent contemporary ceramicist of the 1950s and '60s, and that of the son, Bruno Gambone. The father's work was more exuberant and colourful. Bruno, who returned to Florence in 1969 to keep the ceramic studio running after his father died, became intent on expressing his own very different artistic vision. For the most part, his work was influenced by '60s and '70s minimalist art. The forms are more rectilinear, the decoration very simple and the tones muted. During a stint in New York, Bruno spent time with the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, and gained much experience in the fields of painting, sculpture, cinema and theatre. His ceramic pieces have become internationally collectible works of art. inema and theatre. His ceramic pieces have become internationally collectible works of art.
H 22 cm / 8.7"
W 12 cm / 4.7"
D 9 cm / 3.5"