Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This chic work of mid-century Modern ceramic is by Italian pottery Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte (estd. c. 1956 - c. 1999). The sculptural form displays influences of Modernist and even Art Deco Bauhaus architectural design, these are most evident in the dramatic curves which are shaped around the two opposing triangular apertures or 'chimneys'.
The sumptuous glaze is immensely silky that invites touch and one of two Bertoncello signature glazes, this particular shade is a refined blending of rich and Golden Ochre, tinged with Sienna which gives added depth.
Like many other Italian potteries that were popular during the mid-century period, little is known about the pottery but the exceptional quality of design undeniably speaks for itself.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or repairs. Most notable wear are movement marks on the underside of the base that is commensurable with age of the piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. Base bears model number '776'.
Height: c. 9.3" / 23.5 cm x c. 7.1" / 18 cm width (across widest point). Depth: c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm. Base measurements: c. 3.7" / 9.5 cm x c. 2.8" / 7.2 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.0 kg / 1,035g
A BIT OF HISTORY
Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte was founded in Schiavon, Italy around 1956 and was first known as LBP, an acronym created with the first letters of the founders surnames Mr Lini, Giovanni Bertoncello and Mr Pizzato.
For many years it was run solely by Giovanni Bertoncello (b. 1930 - d. 2011) and his brother Felice after Mr Lini left the company a few years after the pottery's founding. By the 1970s the pottery had grown to a staff of around 30 with Giovanni being the creative driving force behind the forms and glazes. In the early years Giovanni benefited from some support by a a Venetian teacher, Mr. Boatto.
Sadly not a lot is known about the company as all its catalogues and archives were destroyed when the company closed in 1999, however, the legacy of Bertoncello's design is undeniable in the history of Italian mid century art ceramics.
Bertoncello's signature designs are often very sculptural, with echoes from geometricism and modern architecture. Dramatic curves, rounded edges and corners, pierced forms and an organic feel are recurring features