Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This vibrant work of mid-century Modern Italian art ceramic is by Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte (estd. c. 1956 - c. 1999). The base form is that of a baluster but true to studio pottery's design style, the neck, and the rim are gently yet exaggerated adding the touch of characteristically Bertoncello dramatic flair to the overall piece.
Further elevating this piece is the high-gloss and sumptuous Azure base glaze which sits as the canvas for the fiery palette trail glaze. Applied in a seamless and silky-to-touch manner, the orange tones in Flame, Sienna, and Brick are interspersed with the deep yellows of Saffron and Goldfinch. The final glaze accent is the trails of Porcelain white which edge the trails of the interwoven Azure blue.
The stylised form, majestic size and eye-catching glaze palette combined with the excellent condition of this piece make it a rare find that can be displayed as a standalone statement piece or functionally as a vase.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. Most notable wears are the movement marks on the underside of the base that are commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The base bears the model number '710'.
Height: c. 12" / 30.5 cm width (across widest point). Diameter: c. 7.3" / c. 18.5 cm (across widest point). Rim diameter: c. 5.5" / 14 cm. Base measurements: c. 4.1" / c. 10.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 1.6 kg / 1,645 g
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 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.