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Ceramic Bottle with Stopper by Aldo Londi for Bitossi Seta with Gold, Midcentury


Fabulous example of Aldo Londi’s Seta with gold pattern and glaze in this bottle with stopper for Bitossi Ceremiche of Italy. It is in wonderful vintage condition with no outstanding flaws, chips, cracks, or chiggers that we have found. Please see photos. Communication with Bitossi and the signature on the bottom dates this to circa 1959-1963. Whoa! This is an incredible example of Aldo Londi’s work. It is from the Seta series. Specifically, Seta with gold. Which translated means Silk with gold. I can see the silk likeness in the horizontal lines and striations in the matt enamel glaze with its alternating bands of black and gold with rosy red, white and orange on the red clay base. Take note of its rosy red interior glaze. The bottle has a conical shape that is cinched in at the neck flaring back out to accept the tapered stopper. It exhibits the concave bottom indicative of Bitossi and is marked as well with V333/35 Italy. Communication with Bitossi confirmed its heritage. Aldo Londi and Bitossi had a lifelong connection. Aldo Londi, 1911-2003, was a painter, sculptor and ceramicist. He devoted his entire life to art. After being a POW in Africa during WWII, he went to work for Bitossi Ceremiche. In 1946 he became Art Director. He ended his reign as Art Director in 1976 but continued contributing till his death in 2003. His designs were wonderful but his skill with developing glazes was exceptional! Although the Bitossi family had been making art pottery since the mid-19th century, it was not incorporated until 1921 when done so by Guido Bitossi. They always did well, but when Aldo Londi joined them with his talent and mindset they flourished. Londi not only developed glazes and whimsical animal figures but brought other influential and experimental designers on board. They continue today producing beautiful pieces designed by the likes of not only Londi but Sottsass, Bocini, and Rashid. This exceptional piece deserves a place of prominence in your collection or maybe highlighted all on its own. Whichever, you need to make it yours. Bottle: O/A height - 15 inches O/A diameter – 4.5 inches Bottle only height – 13.25 inches Stopper height O/A – 3.25 inches Stopper diameter – 1.75 inches Weight – 2.2 pounds Boxed size: Height – 19 inches Width – 8 inches Depth – 8 inches Weight – 5 pounds.  


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    It is in wonderful vintage condition with no outstanding flaws, chips, cracks, or chiggers that we have found. Please see photos.
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 15 in. x Dm 4.5 in.H 38.1 cm x Dm 11.43 cm
  • Diameter
    4.5 in. (11.43 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Topeka, KS
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About Bitossi (Maker)

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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