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Italian Mid-Century Rimini Blu Ceramic Bull Designed by Aldo Londi for Bitossi

$978.40

About

This iconic Rimini Blu ceramic bull was manufactured circa 1960 in Italy by Bittossi and designed by Aldo Londi. Aldo Londi was born in Montelupo near Firenze where he grew up in a big ceramic tradition. In the 1950s he was Art Director of Bitossi and designed the famous Rimini blue series, lots of different vases, bowls, ashtrays and animals. For many people it was the perfect souvenir from Italy. This amazing large bull ceramic is in beautiful condition and signed FLAVIA MONTELUPO ITALI on its underside. Montelupo was the name of the ceramics Factory founded in 1921 by Guido Bitossi, producing traditional renaissance-style maiolica and terracotta wares up to the Second World War. From 1946-1976 under the artistic direction of Aldo Londi, the factory collaborated with a number of outside artists, including, from the late 1950s, Ettore Sottsass. From 1976 the factory produced high quality commercial ceramics for the Rosenthal Studio, taking the name 'Ceramiche Flavia'. From the 1980s Giovanni Masone took over as artistic director, inviting the members of the Memphis Group to collaborate, as well as Piero Fornasetti.

Details

  • Creator
    Aldo Londi (Designer),Bitossi (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.09 in. (18 cm)Width: 13.39 in. (34 cm)Depth: 6.3 in. (16 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
    Ceramic,Glazed
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1050628626052

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Vienna, Austria
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

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About the Manufacturer

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 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.

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.

Find a collection of vintage Bitossi decorative objects, lighting and serveware on 1stDibs.

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