"Rochetto" Vase by Ettore Sottsass

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Designed by Ettore Sottsass, and made by Bitossi from 1956-1959, the "Rochetto" series of ceramics are some of the earliest works by the great iconoclast to give an indication of the aesthetic direction he would pursue in the 1960s and beyond. In the 1950s Sottsass was not yet the consummate rebel against modernist orthodoxy that he would later become famous for being, but the impulse was there, as evidenced by some of his work, including his "Rochetto" vessels.

The graphic effect of this bottle-form vase, with its stacked horizontal bands differentiated by color and texture, subtly anticipates Sottsass' later, more radical departures from modernist taste, and even his important contributions to design as a pioneer of post-modernism.

Signed 1390/A/28 ITALY. Please note that this is a vintage piece from the 1950s. None of the designs from the "Rochetto" series have ever been "re-editioned" by Bitossi.
 

Details

  • Condition
    Excellent. Perfect condition. No damage or repairs..
  • Dimensions
    11.5 in. H
    29 cm H
  • Diameter
    3.5
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU80918987121
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