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Aldo Londi Ashtrays

Italian, 1911-2003

Master Italian ceramist Aldo Londi created a range of decorative objects in the latter half of the 20th century for the manufacturer Bitossi. In addition to the small-scale animal sculptures for which he is best known, Londi designed a variety of ceramics for the famed company that includes vases, bowls and desk accessories. Collectors know that vintage Aldo Londi pottery is marked by deep attention to detail and an integration of rich, alluring hues typically associated with the Mediterranean.

Londi was born in Montelupo Fiorentino, just outside of Florence, an area that has been known for its pottery since the Renaissance. Londi showed an early interest in the craft, apprenticing at the Fratelli Fanciullacci ceramic workshop when he was only 11 years old. He worked at the company until he left to fight in World War II. After returning to Montelupo Fiorentino in 1946, Londi became the creative director at Bitossi — a position he held for more than 50 years.

Londi's fresh and unique style breathed new life into Bitossi. He prioritized the production of high-quality and handmade decorative objects and created many of Bitossi's pottery lines himself. The most famous of Londi's Bitossi collections is the Rimini Blu line of animals and vases, which debuted in 1955. The collection is characterized by geometric and whimsical patterns and is recognizable for its marvelous blue color.

Londi's fame and popularity extended outside of Italy with the help of Raymor. The American import and distribution company introduced many esteemed Italian manufacturers such as Bitossi to boutiques and department stores in the United States. After Raymor founder Irving Richards hired Ettore Sottsass to design ceramics, Richards connected his new recruit to Londi. Decades before he founded a legendary postmodern design collective in Milan called the Memphis Group, Sottsass used the Bitossi kilns to create timeless works that manifest both primitive forms and modern geometries.

In 2021, Bitossi opened the Bitossi Archive Museum at its Montelupo Fiorentino headquarters. Many of the works designed by the company's most esteemed contributor and artistic director, Aldo Londi, are proudly displayed.

On 1stDibs, find vintage Aldo Londi serveware, lighting, decorative objects and more.

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Creator: Aldo Londi
Monumental ceramic ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in View Park, CA
A monumental mid century modern ceramic ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy circa 1960s. Tones of pewter, turquoise, lavender, ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Large Square Ashtray
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Ashtray Signed Large Rimini blue Mid-Century Modern ashtray. It has 3 cigar or cigarette holders and it is made in blue glazed terracotta ceram...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ashtray for Bitossi with Rare Pedestal Base
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Littleton, CO
A beautiful edition of Aldo Londi's ashtray design for Bitossi Ceramiche in rimini blu glaze with a rare pedestal base and cigarette rests wide enough to accommodate cigars. Italy,...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Bitossi Italy for Raymor Ceramic and Glass Mosaic Ashtray, Catchall Mid Century
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Outstanding 1960s Aldo Londi for Bitossi ceramic catchall or cigar ashtray. Imported and distributed in the United States by Raymor of New York. Featuring a large-scale low centerpiece bowl...
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Mid-20th Century European Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic, Art Glass

Rimini Blu Catchall Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Made in Italy
By Aldo Londi, Raymor, Bitossi
Located in Miami, FL
Italian handmade ceramic vide-poche or catchall tray in the vibrant signature blue of Aldo Londi's iconic art pottery collection Rimini Blu, orig...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Bitossi by Aldo Londi Italian Vintage Ashtray Collection Flavia Montelupo
By Aldo Londi
Located in Prato, Tuscany
We kindly suggest you read the whole description, because with it we try to give you detailed technical and historical information to guarantee the authenticity of our objects. Iconi...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Rectangular Ashtray Empy Pocket
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Italian Midcentury Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini blue glazed ceramic rectanular ashtray or bowl, Italy, 1950-1960s. Beautiful blue glazed (...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Ceramic XL Round Centerpiece Bowl Ashtray
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Blue glazed (Rimini Blu) ceramic large ashtray designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi. Italy, 1950-1960s. It was handcrafted in Italy with hand carved geometric design ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Ceramic Set of Vase, Ashtray and Candleholder
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
A beautiful handmade Rimini blue glazed ceramic set of three pieces. Designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi, Italy, 1960s. The set is comprised by a round ashtray, a bott...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Large Square Ashtray
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Signed Large Rimini blue Mid-Century Modern ashtray. It has 3 cigar or cigarette holders and it is made in blue glazed terracotta ceramic, designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Square Ashtray, Italy, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Small 'Rimini blu', blue glazed terracotta ceramic squared ashtray. Design by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi. Italy, 1950s-1960s. Handcrafted in Italy with hand carved geomet...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Midcentury Aldo Londi Blue Glazed "Rimini" Ceramic Ashtray, Bitossi Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Roma, IT
Beautiful and large round midcentury ashtray in blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu). This amazing piece was designed by Aldo Londi and produced by Bitossi in Italy during 1960s. Thi...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Square Ashtray, Italy, 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Amazing blue glazed (Rimini Blu) ceramic ashtray design by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi. Handcrafted in Italy with hand carved geometric design and in a glazed vibrant turquoise and cobalt blue, Italy, 1950s-1960s. Marked Italy at the back. Measures: 15 cm W x 15 cm D x 3 cm H ( 5,90 in W x5,90 in D x 1,18 in H ) About Bitossi (Manufacturer) Like a Fellini movie, the ceramics of this famed Italian company embody a creative spectrum that ranges from the playful and earthy to the high-minded and provocative. Based in Florence, Bitossi Ceramiche draws on craft traditions that date back to the 1500s. These find expression in the artisanal vases and animal figures by the firm’s longtime art director Aldo Londi, as well as the colorful, totemic vessels designed by the high priest of postmodernism, Ettore Sottsass. The company was incorporated by Guido Bitossi in 1921, though the family began making art pottery in the mid-19th century. In the 1930s, Londi came aboard, bringing with him a mindset that respected time-honored craft, yet looked also to the future. On the one hand, Londi’s perspective fostered the making of Bitossi’s popular whimsical animal figures, hand-shaped and -carved and finished in a rich azure glaze known as “Rimini Blue.” But with his other hand, Londi reached out to thoughtful, experimental designers such as Sottsass. Starting in the 1950s, some 20 years before he founded the Memphis Postmodern design...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic, Pottery, Terracotta

Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Ashtray in Ceramic, 1970s
By Aldo Londi
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
Aldo Londi, attributed to. Bitossi, edited by. Ashtray, or storage compartment, in ceramic in blue color, adorned with abstract motifs and friezes. Italian work realized in ...
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20th Century Italian Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Ceramiche Spring Green and Red Floral Ceramic Ashtray
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Aldo Londi Bitossi handcrafted glazed Chartreuse ashtray with Red floral. Featuring a round lipped Ashtray with hand outlined Red Flower with Turquoise and Yellow accent, sprayed red...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Ashtray or Vide-Poche in Rimini Blue Ceramic, Bitossi by Aldo Londi, Italy 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Roma, IT
Gorgeous ceramic ashtray or vide-poche in a stunning blue glazed (Rimini Blu) color. This vibrant ceramic item was designed by Aldo Londi and hand-crafted by Bitossi in Italy during ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery, Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Ashtray, Ceramic, Safety Pin, Blue, Gold, Signed
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Aldo Londi Bitossi Ashtray, Ceramic, Safety Pin, Blue, Gold, Signed. Small to medium scale deep ashtray with three cigarette rests. Decorated with a pattern of gold glazed safety pin...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Vintage Aldo Londi Bitossi Ceramic Ashtray, Lighter and Cigarette Holder Italy
By Aldo Londi, Rosenthal, Bitossi
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful trio set by Bitossi. This ceramic set is glamorous, chic and so mid-century. The trio includes a beautiful ashtray, a tall table lighter and a cigarette holder. Together th...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Italian Midcentury Rimini Blu Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
Charming iconic Italian modern ceramic ashtray from the Rimini Blu series designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi Italy in beutiful original condition. The Italian Ceramic Artist Aldo Lo...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi for Bitossi ash tray
By Aldo Londi
Located in Philadelphia, PA
beautiful example of Italian ceramic pottery. Aldo londi for bitossi. brown glaze with block shapes in green, yellow and orange. markednitaly o...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Midcentury Pottery Ashtray by Aldo Londi Ceramic for Bitossi
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
Round ceramic ashtray painted in geometric Piet Mondrian patterns. Designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi in the 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

1960s Bitossi Ashtray/Catchall by Aldo Londi Blue Rimini Collection
By Aldo Londi
Located in Milano, IT
1960s Gorgeous Bitossi ashtray/catchall by Aldo Londi, it's part of "Blue Rimini" Collection, and is in very good condition. Handmade, made in Italy Dimensions: 5,90" x 4,52" x 1,5...
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1960s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Ceramic, Pottery Ashtray for Bitossi, Geometric, Mondrian, Pattern
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Very elegant design in this ashtray by the well known artist/designer Aldo Londi.
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Ceramic Ashtray
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Aldo Londi Bitossi ceramic ashtray Italy, circa 1960’s. Manufactured by Bitossi. Organic composition and feel. Marked identification.
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1960s Italian Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Vintage Italian Bitossi Studio Pottery Ashtray
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in San Diego, CA
Ashtray produced in the 1960s by Bitossi, based on a design by Aldo Londi. This piece is a rare abstract fat lava glaze textured piece. A truly unique piece that will add style to yo...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Very Large Round Rimini Blue Glazed Midcentury Ashtray, 1950s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful, decorative midcentury Rimini blue glazed ashtray. Very large, has a diameter of 9 1/2 inches, Designed by Aldo Londi, manufactured by Bitossi Ceramiche / Italy in the 19...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic, Stoneware, Terracotta

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Square Midcentury Ashtray, Italy, 1950s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Vienna, AT
A beautiful, decorative midcentury Rimini blue glazed ashtray. Designed by Aldo Londi, manufactured by Bitossi Ceramiche / Italy in the 1950s. Handcrafted with hand carved geometric ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Ceramic, Stoneware, Terracotta

Blue Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi Handcrafted in Italy
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Blue Ceramic Ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi Handcrafted in Italy "Rimini Blu" enameled terra cotta turquoise blue ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Handcrafted in Italy w...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Stoneware

Aldo Londi for Bitossi Remini Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Aldo Londi for Bitossi Remini Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy "Rimini Blu" enameled terra cotta turquoise blue ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Designed in a great glazed...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Stoneware

Vintage Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy by Aldo Londi 1950
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage Blue Ceramic Ashtray Handcrafted in Italy by Aldo Londi 1950 Round "Rimini Blu" enameled terra cotta cigar ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Handcrafted in Italy with hand c...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Stoneware

Aldo Londi Bitossi Ashtray for Rosenthal Netter: Marocco
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Manufacturer: Aldo Londi Importer: Rosenthal Netter Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Pottery Condition: This Aldo Londi Bitossi Ashtray for Rosenthal Netter Mar...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery

Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Rimini Green Ashtray by Aldo Londi
By Aldo Londi
Located in Seguin, TX
Bitossi Rimini by Aldo Londi Italian ashtray with olive green glaze over impressed mid century modern design. Marked Italy on bottom. Couple tiny edge nicks to glaze.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Aldo Londi Ashtrays

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Pottery

Aldo Londi ashtrays for sale on 1stDibs.

Aldo Londi ashtrays are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Aldo Londi ashtrays, although blue editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original ashtrays by Aldo Londi were created in the mid-century modern style in europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider ashtrays by Angelo Mangiarotti, Barovier&Toso, and Bitossi. Prices for Aldo Londi ashtrays can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $151 and can go as high as $2,693, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $776.

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