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Bitossi Boxes

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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Creator: Bitossi
1960s Aldo Londi Bitossi 'Blue Rimini' Clover Box, #10/20
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Richmond, VA
Offered is an absolutely stunning and extremely rare, 1960s Italian Aldo Londi for Bitossi 'Blue Rimini' clover lidded box. The piece has a beautiful, clover floral motif on the lid....
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

BITOSSI - Piastrelle Bicolore Series Lidded Ceramic Box - Italy - Circa 1960's
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Chatham, ON
BITOSSI (Manufacturer) - ALDO LONDI (Designer) - PIASTRELLE BICOLORE (Series) - Rare Mid Century studio pottery arabesque pattern lidded box - hand finished - mold formed - featuring...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Rimini Blue and Green Bitossi Studio of Italy, 1960s Oblong Ceramic Lidded Box
By Bitossi
Located in Rothley, Leicestershire
Bitossi Rimini blue and green striped lidded oblong ceramic box with hand incised decoration. A lovely example of Italian craftsmanship, circa 1960s Signed Italy on base of box In...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Lidded Box in Glazed Ceramic with Fused Glass Mosaic, circa 1960s
By Bitossi
Located in New York City, NY
Bitossi Glazed Ceramic Lidded Box with Fused Glass Mosaic, Italy, c. 1960s Additional Information: Materials: Ceramic Origin: Italy Period: 1950-1979 Creation Date: c. 1960s ...
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20th Century Italian Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Ceramic Box, Ashtray and Votive Candle Holder
By Bitossi, Rosenthal Netter
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Bitossi for Rosenthal Nette ceramic box, ahstray and votive candle holder. All three in deep blue with white traces. Signed. Retains original paper label on the underside, which read...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Rimini Blue Box
By Bitossi
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
Intense Rimini blue box by Bitossi, Italy, ca' 1960's.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Gold, Geometric, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Gold, Geometric, Signed. Small scale lidded box with gold glazed geometric zig-zag pattern over a Rimini blue glaze. Strong col...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Lacrima, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Lacrima, Signed. Small scale lidded box decorated with a relief pattern of impressed teardrops (lacrima). Minute losses to some...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Ceramic Box by Aldo Londi Bitossi, Italy, C 1960, Orange with Gold Decoration
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Decorative ceramic box by Aldo Londi Bitossi, Italy, circa 1960. Signed at the bottom, 79/11, Italy. Organic designs on the lid with gold decorations.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Unusual Ceramic Box By Bitossi Raymor, Italy
By Bitossi
Located in St.Petersburg, FL
An unusual ceramic box by Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter, Italy, ca' 1960's, signed. Geometric design, beautifully decorated in yellow, brown, black.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Blue, Green, White Stripes, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, blue, green, white stripes, signed. Small scale colorful lidded box decorated with a tight hard edge pattern of blue, green and white stripes...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Chartreuse, Signed
By Rosenthal Netter, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter box, ceramic, chartreuse, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated with impressed geometric patterns and glazed in chartreuse, ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Ochre Glazed Box, Vase Set
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Aldo Londi for Bitossi hand decorated vase and box. An ochre ground provides the backdrop for the colorful stylized floral motif. Signed/Labeled Sold as a set. Vase measures 8 x 4...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Striped Ceramic Box, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi brown glazed ceramic keepsake box with a contrasting striped ceramic top. Top features orange, yellow, brown and gold metallic glazes. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi for Raymor Box, Ceramic, White, Black, and Brown, Signed
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi, Raymor
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Raymor box, ceramic white, black, and brown, signed. Small lidded box glazed in chocolate brown, white and black from Aldo Londi's Piastrelle Bi...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Orange, Gold, Geometric, Signed
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, orange and gold, geometric, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated an alternating pattern of metallic gold triangles over a tangeri...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Stripes, Orange, Black, Yellow, Signed
By Rosenthal Netter, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal netter box, ceramic, stripes, orange, black and yellow, signed. Small scale ceramic lidded box decorated with angled planks, glazed an...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Brown, White, Ridges, Signed
By Rosenthal Netter, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal netter box, ceramic, brown, white, ridges, signed. Small scale lidded box glazed in matte chocolate brown and white with deep ridges. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Orange and Matte Brown, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, orange and matte brown, signed. Small scale box having a raw clay lid hash mark incising and decorated with an orange glazed pill pat...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Yellow and Orange Discs, Signed
By Rosenthal Netter, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Rosenthal netter box, ceramic, yellow and orange discs, signed. Small scale yellow glazed lidded box decorated with a pattern of light and dark orange half ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Geometric, Red, Yellow, White & Orange, Signed
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, geometric, red, yellow, white and orange, signed. A small scale box from Aldo Londi's Líneas Rotas (Broken Lines) series. The lid is decorated with a puzzle pie...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Floral, Mustard Yellow Ceramic Box, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Mustard yellow ceramic box with a contrasting stylized floral pattern lid in umber, orange, yellow, and white. Signed.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Navy Blue, Green, White, Plaid
By Rosenthal Netter, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal netter box, ceramic, navy blue, green, and white, plaid. Small scale lidded ceramic box with navy, white and green glazed top and white glazed bottom. Tiny glaze miss on edge of one side of the lid. Minute wear to inner box (photo 12) and two old touch-ups to corners of the bottom box. Remnants of a paper Rosenthal...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Thailandia, Stripes, Orange, White, Signed
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi Thailandia box, ceramic, orange, white, brown, stripes, signed. Hard to find small scale lidded box from Aldo Londi's Thailandia series with a top glazed in orange, mint gree...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Yellow, Brown, White
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, yellow, white, brown. Three color small scale box with yellow glazed lid and coarse matte brown and white bottom.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Italian Pottery Box Imported by Rosenthal Netter
By Bitossi, Rosenthal Netter
Located in Oak Harbor, OH
Maker: Bitossi. Importer: Rosenthal Netter Period or model: Mid-Century Modern. Specs: Pottery Condition: This Bitossi Italian pottery...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Pottery

Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, White, Brown, Abstract, Signed
By Rosenthal Netter, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter box, ceramic abstract ridges, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated with an abstract pattern of incised relief or carved rid...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Yellow and Orange, Geometric, Signed
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, yellow and orange, geometric, signed. Small scale box from Aldo Londi's "Torcello" series, with an orange bottom and yellow lid decorated with rows impressed ci...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Applied Discs, Blue, Purple, White, Brown, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, applied discs, blue, purple, white, brown, signed. The lid is a coarse dark chocolate clay decorated with rows of applied glazed discs in violet (purple) and bl...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Box, Ceramic, Sgraffito, Blue, Black, Abstract, Geometric, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box, ceramic, blue black, sgraffito, abstract, geometric, signed. Small scale lidded box with geometric sgraffito decoration, glazed in blue and black. Signed on underside of...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, Yellow, Black, White, Brown, Geometric, Signed
By Bitossi, Rosenthal Netter
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter box, ceramic, yellow, black, white, brown, geometric, signed. Small scale lidded box decorated with angular geometric pattern i...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Number 5 Box, Ceramic, Red, White, Signed
By Bitossi, Raymor
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi number five box, ceramic, red and white, signed. A rare and hard to find number series box by Bitossi and imported to the United States by Raymor of New York. Signed with a R...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Raymor Box, Ceramic, Metallic Chrome Silver, Black, Iridescent, Signed
By Bitossi, Raymor
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Raymor box, ceramic, metallic chrome silver and black, signed. Small scale lidded box with a top glazed in metallic chrome silver and black. The...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi for Raymor Box, Ceramic, Fused Glass, White, Orange, Blue, Signed
By Bitossi, Raymor
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi for Raymor Box, ceramic and fused glass, white, orange and blue, signed. Small scale white glazed box with a lid decorated in an abstract pattern of...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi Lacrima Vase, Ceramic, Blue Turquoise, Impressed, Textured, Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi vase, ceramic, blue turquoise, impressed, textured, signed. Medium scale chunky vase from Aldo Londi's 'Lacrima' series. Its body is decorated with a relief pattern of impres...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Boxes

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Ceramic

Bitossi boxes for sale on 1stDibs.

Bitossi boxes 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 boxes, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original boxes by Bitossi were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider boxes by Piero Fornasetti, Raymor, and Gabriella Crespi. Prices for Bitossi boxes can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $450 and can go as high as $3,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,200.
Questions About Bitossi Boxes
  • 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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