Ettore Sottsass Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Ettore Sottsass Jr. (Italy, 1917-2007)

An architect, industrial designer, philosopher and provocateur, Ettore Sottsass led a revolution in the aesthetics and technology of modern design in the late 20th century.

     Sottsass was the oldest member of the Memphis Group — a design collective, formed in Milan in 1980, whose irreverent, spirited members included Alessandro Mendini, Michele de Lucchi, Michael Graves, and Shiro Kuramata. All had grown disillusioned by the staid, black-and-brown “corporatized” modernism that had become endemic in the 1970s. Memphis (the name stemmed from the title of a Bob Dylan song) countered with bold, brash, colorful, yet quirkily minimal designs for furniture, glassware, ceramics and metalwork. They mocked high-status by building furniture with inexpensive materials such as plastic laminates, decorated to resemble exotic finishes such as animal skins. Their work was both functional and — as intended — shocking.

     Sottsass's most-recognized designs appeared in the first Memphis collection, issued in 1981— notably the multihued, angular “Carlton” room divider and “Casablanca” bookcase. As pieces on these pages demonstrate, however, Sottsass is at his most imaginative and expressive in smaller, secondary furnishings such as lamps and chandeliers, and in table pieces and glassware that have playful and sculptural qualities.

     It was as an artist that Ettore Sottsass was celebrated in his life, in exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, in 2006, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art a year later. Even then Sottsass’s work prompted critical debate. And for a man whose greatest pleasure was in astonishing, delighting and ruffling feathers, perhaps there was no greater accolade. That the work remains so revolutionary and bold — that it breaks with convention so sharply it will never be considered mainstream — is a testament to his genius.

Fruit Tray Green by Ettore Sottsass
Fruit Tray Green by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Ceramica Gatti
Early 2000s Italian Centerpieces
Ceramic
This unique ceramic fruit tray has a glazed base in a glossy white. The tray is glazed in a vibrant green with a matte finish, and glossy white rim. The interior is glazed in a lustr...
Murmansk Silver Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Murmansk Silver Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Centerpieces
Silver Plate
Murmansk silver fruit-bowl. Ettore Sottsass (Italian). Memphis Milano (Design: 1982; early production). Manufactured by Rossi & Arcandi, Vicenza for Memphis Milano, Italy. Silver...
Ruccola Ettore Sottsass for Memphis-Milano Set of Six Plates
Ruccola Ettore Sottsass for Memphis-Milano Set ...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Dinner Plates
Ceramic
Ruccola by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis-Milano. Set of six.  
Lettuce Ettore Sottsass for Memphis-Milano Set of Five Plates
Lettuce Ettore Sottsass for Memphis-Milano Set ...
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Dinner Plates
Ceramic
Ruccola by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis-Milano. Set of five.  
Architectural Italian Signed Sterling Silver Geometric Overlay Sottsass Vase
Architectural Italian Signed Sterling Silver Ge...
Ettore Sottsass
1990s Italian Modern Glass
Sterling Silver, Glass
This wonderful tall architectural cylindrical vase is signed on the bottom Argento Flavia Alves de De Souza for HWE Egizia by Sottsass Associati. It is sterling silver overlay in Gre...
Basilico Big Fruits Tray Ettore Sottsass Japanese Urushi Laquer Model A
Basilico Big Fruits Tray Ettore Sottsass Japane...
Ettore Sottsass, Marutomi
Early 2000s Japanese Post-Modern Centerpieces
Plastic
Basilico fruits tray designed by Ettore Sottsass for Marutomi. This model is limited Japanese urushi laquer model. Japanese traditional urushi pigment is made from natural urushi tr...
Vintage Italian Table Centrepiece in Metal and Red Glass Cup by Ettore Sottsass
Vintage Italian Table Centrepiece in Metal and ...
Ettore Sottsass, Numa
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Metal
Vintage table centerpiece made of a perforated metal base raised on six feet and a red glass bowl, signed No. 34/99 by Ettore Sottsass manufactured by Numa, Italy, circa 1980 Measu...
Ettore Sottsass Ceramics Fruit Bowl "Frutteria Nero E Lila"
Ettore Sottsass Ceramics Fruit Bowl "Frutteria ...
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Italian Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Geometric ceramics with black glaze dish inside and lilac acrylic external finishing. Designed by Ettore Sottsass in 2001, signed on the basement. Limited edition, 14/50.
Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi Midcentury Black and Cream Bowl
Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi Midcentury Black an...
Ettore Sottsass
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Pottery
Ceramic
Designed by Ettore Sottsass and manufactured by Italian maker Bitossi, this glazed ceramic bowl has a black base, cream color support with the interior of the bowl decorated with thi...
Limited Edition Tarzan Bowl by Ettore Sottsass ...
Ettore Sottsass, Cor Unum Ceramics
Vintage 1980s Dutch Post-Modern Decorative Bowls
Palisander
Limited edition Tarzan bowl designed by Ettore Sottsass for COR Unum Ceramics in the Netherlands. Very beautiful large ceramic bowl, made in a limited edition of 100 pieces. Signed a...
Gaya Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Upgroup
2010s Italian Centerpieces
Brass, Marble, Carrara Marble
Magnificent example of minimalist functional design by Ettore Sottsass for UpGroup, this bowl is composed of a circular base surmounted by a larger yet slimmer circle connected by tw...
Diu Fruit Bowl by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Upgroup
2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Centerpieces
Brass, Other, Carrara Marble
Magnificent example of Minimalist functional design by Ettore Sottsass for Upgroup, this bowl is composed of a circular base surmounted by a larger yet slimmer circle connected by tw...
Ettore Sottsass Geometrical Ceramic Vase
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
Vase by Ettore Sottsass, part of the "geometrical" cast. Triple square form made in glazed dark green ceramics.
Alcor Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Alcor by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano in 1983. Vintage model. The mark on bottom tells "Memphis Milano by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese."
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic Vessel, Il Sestante, It...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Ceramics
Ettore Sottsass ceramic vessel designed in the 1960s for Il Sestante, Milan. In 1982 a number of the earlier models were re-issued by Il Sestante in colours specified by Sottsass and...
Set of Three Sottsass Marutomi Japan Utensils V...
Ettore Sottsass, Marutomi
1990s Japanese Post-Modern Vases
Plastic
Sottsass Marutomi Japan. Sottsass designed this set for the Japanese company Marutomi. The objects are of painted plastic. They look like ceramic. They are painted with the Japanese ...
Ashtray by Ettore Sottsass, Model Yantra 38 for...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Ashtrays
Ceramic
Artwork, ceramic astray made for Habitat by Ettore Sottsass.
Ettore Sottsass by Serafino Zani Tavola Rotonda...
Ettore Sottsass
Early 2000s Italian Modern Centerpieces
Pewter
"Tavola Rotonda Rovescia" Ettore Sottsass by Serafino Zani Numa 2000s. Cast pewter hand-finished with brush polishing Measures: Diameter 30.5 cm Height 8.5 cm.
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic for Il Sestante, Italy,...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ettore Sottsass, Italy, two-piece orange and white ceramic ashtray from his designs for Il Sestante circa 1962. Signed to underside with model number 604. Perfect condition. D...
Ettore Sottsass Ceramic for Il Sestante, Italy,...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ettore Sottsass for Il Sestante, Italy, red ceramic bowl, model number 444, signed to underside. Documented, Fulvio Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass; Tutta la Ceramica . pp384.
Tarzan Bowl, Designed by Ettore Sottsass for CO...
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Dutch Post-Modern Decorative Bowls
Ceramic
Beautiful large ceramic Sottsass Tarzan bowl, made in a limited edition of 100 pieces, signed and numbered. With the original luxury box.  
Ananke Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Ananke by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano vetri collection in 1986.The mark on bottom tells "E. Sottsass per Memphis by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese."
Ettore Sottsass for COR Unum Jane Bowl
Ettore Sottsass
1990s Dutch Post-Modern Centerpieces
Ceramic
Jane bowl, designed by Ettore Sottsass for COR Unum. Made in a limited edition of 100 pieces, signed and numbered. We currently have both Tarzan and Jane in stock!  
Pasifilla Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Pasifilla vase from Memphis Milano Vetri collection in 1986. Designed by Ettore Sottsass. Mark on the bottom tells "E. Sottsass per Memphis by Compagnia Vetraria Muranese."
Pair of Ettore Sottsass Cups
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Tableware
Copper
Pair of Ettore Sottsass cups in enameled copper. Manufactured by Gallery Il Sestante. Ettore Sottsass was an Italian architect and designer of the late 20th century. His body of desi...
Imera Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1980s Italian Post-Modern Glass
Murano Glass
Imera by Ettore Sottsass for Memphis Milano vetri collection in 1986.The mark on bottom tells "E. Sottsass per Memphis Milano by Toso Vetri D'Arte."
Fruit Bowl "Sol" by Ettore Sottsass
Ettore Sottsass, Memphis Group, Canedese
Late 20th Century Italian Centerpieces
Glass
Ettore Sottsass, Fruit Bowl "SOL" 1986 for Memphis Milano Signed: E. SOTTSASS PER MEMPHIS MILANO Multi-colored blown glass produced by: Gino Canedese & Figlio, Venedig.
Ettore Sottsass 1953 Ice Bucket Mela
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Wine Coolers
Aluminum
"Mela" apple ice bucket designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1953 for Rinnovel. Measurements: H.17 x D.14 cm. Sottsass was born on 14 September 1917 in Innsbruck, Austria, and grew u...
Vase by Ettore Sottsass, Societá Ceramica Tosc...
Ettore Sottsass, Societa Ceramica Italiana
Vintage 1960s Italian Modern Vases
Ceramic
Vase model "629" by Ettore Sottsass, Societá Ceramica Toscana, Italy Yantral series silver glaze
A Set of Ceramics by Ettore Sottsass for Bitossi
Ettore Sottsass
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Ceramics
Ceramic
The two vases and the plate offered belong to a limited edition of ‘lava glaze’ ceramic objects commissioned by the prominent Dutch department store ‘De Bijenkorf’ and were manufactu...
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