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Bitossi

Italian

Like a Fellini movie, the ceramics of the famed Italian company Bitossi Ceramiche embody a creative spectrum that ranges from the playful and earthy to the high-minded and provocative. Based in Florence, Bitossi draws on craft traditions that date back to the 1500s. These find expression in Bitossi pottery that includes artisanal vintage 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.

Bitossi 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 cats, owls, horses and other 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. After hiring Sottsass to design ceramics for his New York imports company, Raymor, American entrepreneur Irving Richards connected the Milanese design polymath to Londi, who introduced Sottsass to ceramics in the 1950s.

During that decade, some 20 years before he founded the Memphis postmodern design collective in Milan, Sottsass used the Bitossi kilns to create timeless works that manifest both primitive forms and modern geometries. In later decades, Bitossi would welcome new generations of designers, which have included such names as Ginevra Bocini and Karim Rashid.

While always looking forward, Bitossi is firm in their belief that mastery of craft is the first step towards beautiful design. As you will see from the works offered on these pages, that is a winning philosophy.

Find a collection of vintage Bitossi decorative objects, lighting and serveware on 1stDibs.

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Postmodern Green Lacquered Ceramic Vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, Italy
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Bresso, Lombardy
Made in Italy, 1970s. It was designed by Aldo Londi and produced for Bitossi. Bitossi was founded in 1921 in Montelupo, a city near Florence, and it is one of the most known Italian ...
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1970s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Bitossi

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Ceramic

Vintage Italian XL Bitossi by Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Pitcher, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Valencia, VC
Absolutely gorgeous Italian vintage ceramic pitcher by Aldo Londi for Bitossi from the Rimini Blu range. Handcrafted in Flavia Montelupo, Italy, circa the 1960s. Large, heavy piece...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi

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Ceramic

Table Lamp by Bitossi
By Bitossi
Located in Long Island City, NY
Ceramic table lamp by Bitossi, Italy. Marked: B4/35 Italy. Existing wiring, we do not guaranty functionality, rewiring available upon request. The lamp base heigh 14"; diam -5.5". ...
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1960s Italian Scandinavian Modern Vintage Bitossi

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Stoneware

Table Lamp by Bitossi
Table Lamp by Bitossi
H 27 in Dm 5.5 in
Aldo Londi Seta Series for Bitossi Modern Sgraffito Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1950s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi, Raymor
Located in Miami, FL
One of Aldo Londi's midcentury creations, his SETA (Silk) Series of Sgraffito Pottery for Bitossi in fun vibrant orange glaze and gold gilt. A lovely handmade striated vase with band...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi

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Ceramic, Pottery

Supreme x Bitossi Spring 2023 Rimini Blu Vase, Limited Edition, Italy.
By Supreme, Bitossi
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Supreme x Bitossi Spring 2023 Rimini Blu Vase, Limited Edition, Italy.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi

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Ceramic, Porcelain, Pottery

Pair of Bitossi Ceramic Fish Lamps for Raymor, Italy, 1950s
By Bitossi
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Pair of Bitossi Ceramic Fish Lamps for Raymor, Italy, 1950s. These lamps are hand made and a slight variation in size. Both lamps match hand painted glazed fish patterns. They have b...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi

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Brass

MCM Bitossi Petite Yellow Vase by Rosenthal Netter
By Bitossi, Rosenthal Netter
Located in San Diego, CA
Beautiful MCM Bitossi petite yellow vase by Rosenthal Netter, circa 1960s. The hand thrown vase is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks; it measures 2.25" D x 6.25" H. ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi

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Pottery

Metallic glazed ceramic Table Lamp by Bitossi for Bergboms from the 1960s
By Bitossi
Located in Knivsta, SE
A sophisticated table lamp in metal glazed ceramic designed by Aldo Bitossi (Italy) and manufactured by Bergboms, Sweden in the 1960s. Mid-Century Modern European design Newly re...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi

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Ceramic

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Bitossi furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Bitossi furniture 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 Bitossi furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 604 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 32 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Bitossi 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 furniture by Aldo Londi, Vico Magistretti, and Carlo Nason. Prices for Bitossi furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $166 and can go as high as $14,850, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,541.
Questions About Bitossi
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2024
    Bitossi's style has changed over the course of its more than 100-year history. However, the brand is most famous for its mid-century modern pieces made during the 1950s and ’60s. Bitossi ceramics also reflect the hallmarks of Scandinavian modern style. Explore a wide range of Bitossi pottery from some of the world's top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, not all Bitossi is signed. A small number bear no marks at all. Most have either a hand-applied signature or a stamp that says "Italy" or "Made in Italy." You'll find a collection of expertly vetted Bitossi decorative objects and lighting on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    No, Flavia and Bitossi are not exactly the same. The company Gruppo Colorobbia produces both Flavia and Bitossi pottery. Beginning in 1976, the Flavia collection featured more decorative art pieces than the Bitossi line. In 1994, Gruppo Colorobbia began calling everything Bitossi. However, you can find some select pottery that bears both the Flavia and Bitossi names. Explore a wide range of Bitossi pieces on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    To identify a Bitossi, look for the maker's markings on the bottom and other inconspicuous areas. Beginning in the 1950s, Bitossi typically marked its pottery with a handwritten style number and the words "Made in Italy" or "Italy." After the 1970s, the Italian company started to imprint its name on its pieces. However, some Bitossi pottery is unmarked. As a result, you may want to consult a certified appraiser or a knowledgeable dealer for assistance with identification. On 1stDibs, explore a diverse assortment of Bitossi pottery.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 1, 2024
    The history of Bitossi pottery began in 1926, when Guido Bitossi founded his shop in Montelupo Fiorentino, near Florence, Italy. He descended from a long line of artisans, including painters, sculptors and potters. His son Londi became the creative director of Bitossi in 1946 and was responsible for introducing the colorful glazes that Bitossi has become famous for during his 50-year tenure. During the 1950s, Ettore Sottsass began to design unique pieces for Bitossi, and his geometric bowls and vases redefined the art form of pottery and set major trends during the mid-century period. After Londi Bitossi stepped down, a new generation of the family took over, with Guido's granddaughter Cinzia Bitossi serving as artistic director and his great-granddaughter Ginevra Bocin acting as CEO. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Bitossi pottery.

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