Vintage Rimini Blu Vase with Geometric Shapes by Aldo Londi for Bitossi (circa 1960s-70s)
Vintage Italian ceramic vase in Rimini Blu with geometric motif by Aldo Londi for Bitossi (circa 1960s-70s). Rimini Blu was devised by Aldo Londi in 1959 and quickly became the company's hallmark range. It has been applied to a vast range of shapes and sizes. The series of impressed motifs, that almost resemble ancient runic symbols, is known as the 'Rimini' pattern, while the colour is known as 'Blu'. The varied turquoise, green and blue 'Blu' glaze is exclusive to the company and was devised by Londi and produced by Colorobbia. Examples can be dated to a period by considering the glaze. Earlier examples from the 1960s-70s tend to be more widely varied in colour tones, thicker and more 'viscous' in appearance, and have sometimes taken on a matte, crackled effect as they have 'matured'. Similar glazes were also sold to other companies but copies tend to be lighter in weight and have different motifs (ref: 'Alla Moda - Italian Ceramics of the 1950s - 70s', by Mark Hill). Discovered at an estate sale in Italy from a beautiful household, this particular piece has been very well kept although there are some blemishes due to age and normal wear and tear. It is very weighty (4.1 kg / 9 lbs), with intense colours, the documented Rimini pattern, concave base with initials, serial number and 'Italy' on the underside, partly illegible. The body shape is widely cylindrical with a reverse tapered neck and flared rim. Notwithstanding the few age blemishes, the colours are vibrant having retained their gloss due to excellent storage. Overall, it is in good vintage condition. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying the listing. Upon request a video of the piece may be provided.
About the Artist: Aldo Londi (1911 - 2003), nicknamed chiodo (nail), Londi 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 26 cm (10.2")
Dia 21.5 cm (8.5")