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Bitossi Centerpieces

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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
Montelupo and Londi Midcentury Blue Ceramic Italian Vase for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury blue glazed terracotta ceramic blue vase. This fantastic item was designed by Flavia Montelupo and Aldo Londi for Bitossi in Italy, Rimini, during the late 1950s o...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Large Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic Centerpiece Bowl, 1950s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Italian midcentury Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini blue ceramic centerpiece bowl, Italy, 1950-1960s. Unusual large scale 14,17 in diameter Mid-Century Modern blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Bl...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Large Vintage Italian Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Ashtray , 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Valencia, VC
Gorgeous Italian vintage ceramic large ashtray by Aldo Londi for Bitossi from the Rimini Blu range. Handcrafted in Flavia Montelupo, Italy, circa the 1960s. It would look beautiful ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Ettore Sottsass Stand in Gray and Light Blue Glazed Ceramic for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Renowned for his avant-garde designs, Sottsass has left an indelible mark on the world of art and design, and this exquisite ceramic piece is a testament to his visionary creativity....
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Terracotta Ceramic Rimini Blue Vase for Bitossi, Italy, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Roma, IT
Stunning sphere-shaped terracotta ceramic Rimini blue vase for Bitossi. This magnificent set was designed by Aldo Londi in Italy during 1960s. This...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Terracotta, Ceramic

Midcentury Aldo Londi Blue Ceramic Italian Centerpiece for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Roma, IT
Midcentury round blue and brown ceramic centrepiece. Aldo Londi designed this fantastic piece in Italy during the 1960s for Bitossi. This fantastic item is magnificent because the...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Montelupo and Londi Midcentury Blue Ceramic Italian Vase for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing midcentury blue glazed terracotta ceramic vase. This fantastic item was designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi in Rimini, Italy, during the late 1950s or early 1960s. This mag...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Large Green and Red Centrepiece by Ettore Sottsass
By Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, IT
This elegant centerpiece in white clay features a base in dark grey supporting a conic body made of concentric steps that are finished in red on the outside and in vivid matte green ...
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2010s Italian Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Small Black and White Centerpiece by Ettore Sottsass
By Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, IT
This striking centerpiece in white clay has an external finish in black on the base and white on the body, with an internal decoration of fine, parallel black lines over the white fi...
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2010s Italian Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blu Glazed Ceramic Centerpiece Bowl, 1950s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Mid-Century Modern blue glazed ceramic (Rimini Blu) round footed bowl or centerpiece, Italy, 1950s-1960s. Designed by Aldo Londi and manufactured by Bitossi. Handcrafted in Italy wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Pottery, Terracotta, Ceramic

Fan-14 Gray Bowl by Formafantasma
By Bitossi, Formafantasma
Located in Milan, IT
Defined by unadorned sophistication, this exquisite ceramic bowl is brimming with contemporary allure delving into the most authentic nature of forms and materials. The cylindrical s...
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2010s Italian Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Tribe Brown and Yellow Low Vase by Arik Levy
By Bitossi, Arik Levy
Located in Milan, IT
Elegant and expressive, this stylized ceramic bowl-shaped vase flaunts a two-tone finish enriching its design with earthy tones, warm brown on the outside and yellow inside, the latt...
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2010s Italian Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Fan-10 White Bowl by Formafantasma
By Bitossi, Formafantasma
Located in Milan, IT
Matching contemporary taste for unadorned elegance, this cylindrical bowl by duo Formafantasma in matte white ceramic was showcased at the 2019 Milan Design...
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2010s Italian Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Tall White and Black Centerpiece by Ettore Sottsass
By Bitossi, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Milan, IT
A striking piece of contemporary decor, this centerpiece in ceramic is part of an exclusive collection designed by the Italian architect Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi. The large bowl o...
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2010s Italian Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Large Dove-Gray Centerpiece by Arik Levy George
By Bitossi
Located in Milan, IT
Conveying timeless elegance using simple lines and subtle colors, this ceramic centerpiece will add a stylish accent on a coffee or dining table in a modern home. This piece from des...
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2010s Italian Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

Montelupo and Londi Mid-Century Blue Ceramic Italian Vase for Bitossi, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Roma, IT
Amazing mid-century blue glazed terracotta ceramic blue vase. This fantastic item was designed by Flavia Montelupo and Aldo Londi for Bitossi in Italy, Rimini, during the late 1950s ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Centerpieces

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Ceramic

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Aldo Londi for Bitossi Lava Ceramic Centerpiece, Italy 1960s
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Elegant Vintage Vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
Elegant Vintage Vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi
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Montelupo and Londi Midcentury Blue Ceramic Italian Vase for Bitossi, 1960s
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Bitossi centerpieces for sale on 1stDibs.

Bitossi centerpieces 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 centerpieces, although blue editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 8 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 7 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original centerpieces by Bitossi were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the mid-20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider centerpieces by Ercole Barovier, Alfredo Barbini, and Venini. Prices for Bitossi centerpieces can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $574 and can go as high as $1,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $740.
Questions About Bitossi Centerpieces
  • 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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