Currently held on consignment at Andrews Oakville
This vivacious work of mid-century Modern Italian ceramic is by Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte (estd. c. 1956 - c. 1999). The sculpted and abstract footed cachepot form is sleek and undulating, and further accented with twist-ring decorative handles.
Further elevating this piece is the high-gloss, sumptuous base glaze in seamlessly blended tones of the rare Azure blue and Fire palette gloss glaze. The sumptuous glaze uses the rich Azure as a base, applied in a glossy, seamless, and silky-to-touch manner. Overlaid onto the base is the fiery palette of orange 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 edging the Azure blue.
The stylized form, eye-catching glaze palette, and excellent condition of this piece make it a rare find that can be displayed as a standalone piece or functionally as a cachepot.
Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs. The most notable wears are the movement marks on the underside of the feet that are commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photographs as they form part of the condition report.
Height: c. 10.2" / 26 cm (base to rim) x c. 5.9" / 15 cm width (across widest point). Depth: c. 7.9" / c. 20 cm. Base measurements: c. 4.9" / c. 12.5 cm Unpackaged weight: c. 1.0 kg / 1,005 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.