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Bitossi Pottery

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
Bitossi Italian Mid-Century Art Pottery Textured Lamp Base
By Bitossi
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
A very stylish mid-century art pottery lamp base by renowned Italian makers Bitossi and dating from around 1960. The hand-crafted lamp base is of...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Pottery

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Stoneware

Bitossi by Aldo Londi, Italy, circa 1970
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Pymble, NSW
An Aldo Londi designed owl in sky blue with exposed clay body to the base. Dome shaped top. Has its paper 'Made in Italy' label to the base.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Pottery

Bitossi, Londi Designed Lion Series 'Pietra', circa 1964, Italy
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Pymble, NSW
Aldo Londi designed bronze finish lion called 'Pietra', early 1960s. This was also made as a lamp base and finished with different glazes. The 'bronze' finish as here is very rare. S...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Pottery

Huge Italian Vintage Ceramic Rhimini Blue Vase Aldo Londi for Bitossi, C. 1960
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautiful and rare tall 30cm/12" embossed vase in vibrant 'Rhimini' blue and turquoise by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, circa 1968. A great piece of vintage, mid-century handmade Italian p...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Pottery

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Ceramic, Clay

Mid-Century Bitossi Vase
By Bitossi
Located in Waddinxveen, ZH
Nice Bitossi vase with vibrant colors. The Bitossi family was documented in the territory of Montelupo Fiorentino as far back as 1536. Over the centurie...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Ceramic

Italian Bitossi Ceramic Vase
By Bitossi
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Black and white Italian vase by Bitossi 1960s. the Art Lava technique create a super beautiful texture.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Ceramic

Italian Vintage Ceramic Rhimini Blue Vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, circa 1960
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautiful tall embossed vase in vibrant 'Rhimini' blue and turquoise by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, circa 1968. A great. piece of vintage, mid-century handmade Italian pottery. Shape...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Bitossi Pottery

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Clay, Ceramic

1950s Stylized Italian Pottery Bird Vases, a Pair
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi, Alvino Bagni, Raymor
Located in Garnerville, NY
A fine pair of handmade Bitossi art pottery stylized bird vases. Great muted color palette of an olive green, black and white glazes. The finger print by the bird's eye is truly rema...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Ceramic, Pottery

Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Horse, Italy, circa 1968
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A deep 'Rimini Blu' glazed horse by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Brilliant glaze with streaks of green over the highly detailed trappings.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Bitossi Aldo Londi Cavalero Italy c1968
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A brilliant depiction of a lance wielding Middle Ages knight on horseback with round shield. A naive, rustic style in muted ochre and green glazes. In wonderful condition it still re...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Pottery

Bitossi Lamp
By Bitossi
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A large pottery lamp by Bitossi. Great pattern and coloring. Signed on the base made in Italy. The base we had remade and painted brown while the wiring is new as well. The pottery h...
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20th Century Italian Bitossi Pottery

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Pottery

Bitossi Aldo Londi Italy Scavo Fish, circa 1968
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A large Aldo Londi designed fish from the Pesci series 'Scavo'. With sgraffito lines decoration on an unglazed body, circa 1968. Remnants of the Raymor label are on the base.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Bitossi Pottery

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Pottery

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Midcentury Aldo Londi Blue Ceramic Italian Centerpiece for Bitossi, 1960s
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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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Aldo Londi Bitossi Rimini Blue Glazed Ceramic XL Vase, Italy, 1960s
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blu Ceramic Vase, Italy, 1960s
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Barcelona, ES
Rare design by Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Rimini Blue ceramic footed vase with geometric motifs, Italy, 1960s This stunning glazed ceramic vase has a pattern with circles in dark blue with rhombus inside in shades of green / turquoise color accented by decorative flowers. Excellent vintage condition. This piece is perfect as a gift idea and it could placed alone or with other 'Rimini Blu'Bitossi pieces creating a set. Display it in a cabinet or on a console table, with flowers or just as a cool decorative vase. Measures: 22 cm height x 18 cm diameter (8,66 in height X 7,08 in diameter ) More Bitossi Aldo Londi pieces are avaliable at our 1stdibs marketplace. 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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Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Ceramic Set of Vase, Ashtray and Candleholder
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Vintage Car Cylinder Vase, Italy, c1968
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Rimini Blue Elephant Italy C.1968
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A lovely Aldo Londi designed Rimini blue elephant with a bright blue glaze in excellent condition. Remnants of original paper label to the underside. C.1...
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Italian Ceramic Rhimini Blue Vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, circa 1960s
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Landau an der Isar, Bayern
Beautiful midcentury vintage Italian made embossed ceramic jug, vase or pitcher in vibrant blue and turquoise by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, circa 1965. A beautiful original piece of Ita...
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Aldo Londi for Bitossi Face Vase
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Bitossi for Rosenthal Netter Box, Ceramic, White, Brown, Abstract, Signed
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Bitossi 'Rimini Blu' Horse Bookends by Aldo Londi, Italy, 1960s
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Located in New York, NY
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Horse Italy, circa 1968
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A large Aldo Londi designed horse for Bitossi in a sky blue glaze with good detail to the saddle and other trappings.
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Horse Italy, circa 1968
Bitossi Aldo Londi Horse Italy, circa 1968
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Yellow Owl Vase, Italy, circa 1968
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Pymble, NSW
Nicely detailed owl vase by Aldo Londi for Bitossi, marked to the base, and with typical circle stamping pattern to the sides.
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Italy 2 Faced Cat, circa 1968
By Bitossi, Aldo Londi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A whimsical 'Rimini Blu' 2 faced cat in perfect condition. Typical Aldo Londi design in a vibrant glaze.  
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Bitossi Aldo Londi Yellow Owl Italy, circa 1968
By Aldo Londi, Bitossi
Located in Pymble, NSW
A yellow owl designed by Aldo Londi in the 1960s with impressed stylized flower motifs around the bottom. Retains the Rosenthal Netter label inside the base.
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Bitossi Box Ceramic White Brown Signed
By Bitossi
Located in New York, NY
Bitossi box ceramic white brown signed. White glaze lidded box with brown piping on both the lid and the box. Signed on underside of the box: 530/20 W Ital...
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Bitossi Box Ceramic White Brown Signed
Bitossi Box Ceramic White Brown Signed
H 2.13 in W 8.13 in D 4 in

Bitossi pottery for sale on 1stDibs.

Bitossi pottery 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 pottery, although blue editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original pottery 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 pottery by Aldo Londi, Guido Gambone, and Piero Fornasetti. Prices for Bitossi pottery can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $275 and can go as high as $2,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $995.

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Questions About Bitossi Pottery
  • 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 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 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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