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Enameled Glazed Ceramic Box by Nanni Valentini for Ceramica Arcore

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Beautiful ceramic box produced in the 1970s a small series by Ceramica Arcore, crafted by Marco Terenzi and finished by Nanni Valentini, featuring an abstract organic decor in earthly and sky tones. It has a tactile finishing, alternating a smooth glazed surface with a more raw base. It remains in very good vintage conditions with no significant wear and no restorations. Signed under the base. Please browse our inventory for more pieces from this manufacture. The history of Ceramica Arcore, founded in 1967, is inextricably linked to the name of Nanni Valentini, one of the most important Italian ceramicists and artists of the second half of the 20th Century. But we must not forget the essential figures of Marco Terenzi and his sister Tina, Valentini’s wife, founders of the workshop. Their 20 year long work resulted in a small series of art pottery, featuring both utilitarian and decorative pieces, that combined the skillful gres crafting by Terenzi with the expressive enameling by Valentini, in an union that matches Giorgio Morandi inspired palette with eastern suggestions, placing itself on the same quality level of the coeval research by artists such as Bruno Gambone, Alessio Tasca, Carlo Zauli and others. To learn more about the manufacture, we quote these text from a vintage Ceramica Arcore leaflet: “The workshop Ceramica Arcore started its activity in 1967, after the relocation of Marco and Tina Terenzi from Pesaro to Arcore. It’s the progression of the activity started with Nanni Valentini in 1958 in Milano. The shapes and the content of the production originated back then. Also architects Luigi Massoni and Ettore Sottsass, as well as the potter Lino Sciannella, have been collaborating to this purpose. Ceramica Arcore participated to all the major national and international ceramic expositions. Ceramics are mostly executed by spin wheel or by casting. The doughs are cooked at 1250° and have the properties of gres and porcelaingres. The cooking takes place both in oxidizing and reducing environments. The enamels, as well as the doughs, are self-produced. The models are reproduced in a limited number, always coherently with their shapes.”
  • Creator:
    Ceramica Arcore (Manufacturer),Nanni Valentini (Artist)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 3.94 in (10 cm)Diameter: 9.06 in (23 cm)
  • Style:
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
    Ceramic,Enameled,Glazed
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1970-1979
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location:
    Koper, SI
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 81401stDibs: LU8892238744352
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