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 and tactile form presents softly geometric influences of Modernist design as well as design qualities reminiscent of Art Deco Bauhaus geometricism. The overall shape is that of abstract jug vase with ridged detail and the dramatic handle created from the circular piercing.
The sumptuous glaze is immensely silky, not overtly glossy and invites touch. It is also one of two Bertoncello signature glazes and visually as a refined blending of rich, Vanilla Cream that is feathered with deep sienna, giving additional depth. Take a step back to view this piece 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 piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report. The base bears the model number '84'.
Height: c. 3.9" / 10 cm x c. 6.9" / 17.5 cm length (across longest point). Depth: c. 3.4" / 8.7 cm. Base measurements: c. 6.1" / 15.5 cm x c. 3.3" / 8.3 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 0.4 kg / 405g
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 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