Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
These luxuriant and elegant works of mid-century Modern ceramic are by Italian pottery Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte (estd. c. 1956 - c. 1999). The sculptural and highly tactile forms present the softly geometric influences of Modernist design as well as design qualities reminiscent of Art Deco Bauhaus geometricism. The overall shapes are cubes that are interwoven with dramatic curves and arches.
The sumptuous glaze is immensely silky, not overtly glossy, and invites touch. The glaze is one of two Bertoncello signature glazes and visually presents as a refined blending of rich, Vanilla Cream that is feathered with deep sienna, giving additional depth. Take a step back to view these pieces as a whole and the effect resembles leather or marbled stone.
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 the age of the pieces. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report.
Cube 1 Height: c. 5.1" / 13 cm x c. 4.8" / 12.2 cm length (across longest point). Width: c. 4.8" / 12.2 cm. Base measurements: c. 4.8" / 12.2 cm x c. 4.8" / 12.2 cm.
Cube 2 Height: c. 4.9" / 12.5 cm x c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm length (across longest point). Width: c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm. Base measurements: c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm x c. 4.5" / 11.5 cm.
Unpackaged weight [pair]: c. 1.7 kg / 1,700 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 founder's 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 from 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