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Italian Modern Meridian Ceramic Wall Clock by Bitossi for Howard Miller

$1,400

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Seldom seen Mid-Century Modern Italian ceramic wall clock from the Howard Miller Meridian Collection.  A star shape design in gray and purplish blue with an orange hour hand and white minute. The face of the clock has a wavy feel almost a smooth lava glaze. The old clock movement was replace with a matching new one which takes one AA battery.  Retains Meridian tag and in ink 812 A ITALY on the back. Bitossi was commissioned to produced ceramic clock faces by Raymor in the early-1960s. The large majority of the pottery faces were designed by Aldo Londi and the Bitossi production was then passed on to Howard Miller Clock Co. of Zeeland, Wisconsin, to be branded. At the time George Nelson was the director at Howard Miller and he designed the hands for the clocks. The clocks were them distributed by Raymor. Very good condition. Keeps perfect time. Measurements: 13 1/4 inches diameter x 2 1/4 inches deep.

Details

  • Creator
    Howard Miller (Manufacturer),Aldo Londi (Designer),Bitossi (Maker),Raymor (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 2 in. (5.08 cm)Diameter: 13 in. (33.02 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1960s
  • Condition
    Replacements made: New clock movement. Very Good Condition, no issues. Very Good Condition, no issues.
  • Seller Location
    Miami, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU830125671962

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    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Miami, FL
  • Return Policy

    This item cannot be returned.

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About the Maker

Bitossi

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 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.
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