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Aldo Londi for Bitossi Rimini Blu Italian Ceramic Lamp, circa 1960

US$1,100Asking Price

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A large, handmade mid-century modern ceramic bottle shaped table lamp in the vibrant signature blue of Aldo Londi's iconic pottery collection Rimini Blu designed in 1959 for Bitossi Ceramiche and imported by Raymor in the 1960s. Truly stunning! The deep blue glaze varies in turquoise shades and undertones and has a beautiful sheen. The hand-carved patterns of dots, Xs, geometric shapes (triangles, squares, circles,) crosses, clovers and lines produce a quasi-Brutalist aesthetic that blends well with Scandinavian design. The whole is finished in a gorgeous high quality glaze (a very small flake in the glaze is present on top rim.) These patterns can be found on a wide variety of pottery and ceramics from lamps to vases, sculptures, figurines, and figures of animals. Bitossi (or Manifattura Cavaliere Bitossi e Figlia) was founded by Guildo Bitossi in Florence, Italy in 1921 and is still operational today. Bitossi Foundation released the biography and presented a show dedicated to the master Aldo Londi, titled “Aldo Londi, a 20th Century Ceramist”. On December, 2, 2014 Bitossi Ceramiche was officially entitled as member of the Registry of Italian Historical Companies, instituted by the National Union of Chambers of Commerce. Height is to top of finial.

Details

  • Creator
    Aldo Londi (Designer),Bitossi (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Diameter: 10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    GlazedCeramic
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU195834624973

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    Ships From: Miami, FL
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About the Manufacturer

Bitossi

Like a Fellini movie, the ceramics of this famed Italian company embody a creative spectrum that ranges from the playful and earthy to the high-minded and provocative. 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. As you will see from the works offered on these pages, that is a winning philosophy.
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