Vintage Italian Earthenware Sugar Bowl with Lid by Aldo Londi for Bitossi (circa 1950s)
Mid-Century Italian earthenware bowl with lid by Aldo Londi for Bitossi (circa 1950s). An early and rare example of Bitossi by Londi, it presents a rough-textured, mottled, yellowish-brown exterior and interior. The lid incorporates the same tactile feel but with a yellow and green swirl decor. The underside of the lid and the base of the sugar bowl delight with a subdued, speckled magenta. The bowl is multi-functional from a utilitarian perspective or simply a delightful decorative conversation piece for a shelf, table top or foyer console. As with marks on all Italian pottery of the period, there are no hard-and-fast rules for marks used by Bitossi. This piece has a stock number painted on the underside along with 'ITALY', denoting that it was made for export. This rare Londi bowl is in very good overall condition. 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 7 cm / 2.8"
Dia 16.8 cm / 6.6"