Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This understatedly chic work of Italian mid-century Modern art ceramic is by studio pottery Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte (est. c. 1956 - c. 1999). The elegantly dramatic curved and sculpted form firmly displays influences of Modernist design as well as design qualities reminiscent of Art Deco Bauhaus geometricism. The overall shape is that of an abstracted jug with an extended slender and pierced 'wing' forming the handle.
The sumptuous glaze uses the rich Azure as a base, applied in a seamless and silky-to-touch manner. Overlaid onto the base is the fiery palette of oranges tones in Flame, Sienna and Brick that is interspersed with the deep yellows of Saffron and Goldfinch. The final glaze accent is the trails of Porcelain white mixed with the Azure blue.
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. This work would suit a space with Modernist, Minimalist, and Mid Century décor, either as a standalone work of art ceramic or functionally as a vase.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The most notable wear is the movement marks on the underside of the base which are commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The underside of the base is further denoted with the model number '957'.
Height: c. 7.9" / 20 cm x c. 9.6" / 24.5 cm width (across widest point). Base measurements: c. 4.7" / 12 cm x c. 3.5" / 9 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.7 kg / 735 g
A BIT OF 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 of geometricism and modern architecture. Dramatic curves, rounded edges and corners, pierced forms and an organic feel are recurring features.