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Fantoni midcentury Italy fish figurine -as is Born in Florence on October 1, 1915, Marcello Fantoni registered at the Institute of Art at Porta Romana in 1927 to attend the course, "The Art of Ceramics", which at that time was taught by the ceramist Carlo Guerrini, artistic director of the Cantagalli factory. Other teachers also contributed to his artistic formation including Libero Andreotti and Bruno Innocenti in sculpture and Gianni Vagnetti in the figure. He graduated in '34 as a 'maestro' of art, and began working as a ceramist. In 1936, after having worked for a few months as the artistic director of a factory in Perugia, he established himself in the stables of Villa Fabbricotti in Florence and established the Fantoni Ceramic studio. Its production of serial and unique pieces had remarkable success at the Florentine Arts and Crafts Exhibit in '37, revealing itself in line with the most recent tendencies, so much so that at the beginning of hostilities his production had already received notable artistic and commercial attention in Italy and abroad.

After the war years, when Fantoni was involved in the resistance, in '46 he began the creative and productive fervor that will allow him to enlarge his company, reaching at the beginning of the next decade the impressive size of over fifty collaborators. Among his employees there were many students who, in ceramics and other fields, would become excellent artisans and even famous artists. In the following decades, especially between 1950 and 1970, the success of his work continued to increase, his unique pieces of sculpture and vascular formations, characterized
by a design in step with the contemporary artistic currents, like archaic stylization inspired by Etruscan models, rendered modern because of their modern handling of materials, glazes and colors.

For this original spirit of modernity, his works entered in private collections and in the most important museums of the world: in the United States his works can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Art of Boston, the Currier Gallery, the Syracuse Museum. In Britain they are in the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the City Art Gallery
of Manchester, at Royal Scottish Museum of Edinburg. In Japan they are present at the Museum of Modern Art of Tokyo and Kyoto. In Italy they are represented at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, the National Bargello Museum and at the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi. In his long and versatile career, Fantoni has completed works for churches, public and private buildings, schools, cinemas, theaters and ships cementing himself in both figurative and abstract ceramics and various metals, and qualifying himself also in the field of medalism. In 1970 he founded the International School of Ceramic Arts at his laboratory in via Bolognese in Florence where he continues to work and teach.

This Fantoni 1970s piece is painted with a blended glaze approach whereby colors run and blend into each other, sometimes referred to as graduated glazes. This fish is typical of Fantoni’s primitive style, with its archaic glaze and form. It is also tied closely with the studio pottery movement, which Fantoni was part of and to which he paid attention. It represents the more commercial side of his work (Mark Hill, Alla Moda, page 144)

This fish stands inches high x inches wide at its widest point. The glazes starts at the top in a mustard yellow, then shades or orange, chocolate brown, more orange with a mustard yellow base. The mustard yellow overglaze was poured over the piece created a volcanic or blended glaze which dripped down over the other colors. On the black glazed base, it is signed Fantoni Italy for Raymor in white letters. It is NOT in excellent condition as its tail was broken off and reglued at some time. It would still make a great accent piece in your Midcentury decor.

Add it to your Midcentuy Italian pottery, Raymor, or Fantoni collection today.
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Marcello Fantoni, Italy  

Your Price: $25.00
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Bitossi Wax decor Aldo Londi planter This is a striking Bitossi Italy planter using the very popular yellow, brown, and black colors from Bitossi. The planter stands 5 3/4 inches tall x 6 1/2 inches wide.

The pattern on this Aldo Londi creation is called Wax decor. The form is a traditional Italian form but the decoration is pure Mid-century.

Excellent vintage condition.

The bottom carries a standard Bitossi impressed Italy mark. Add it to your Italian Midcentury pottery collection today.
Circa: 1952-1972
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $75.00
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Bitossi Rosenthal-Netter 8 inch Paisley vase This elegant vase is typical of the work of Bitossi – or more precisely the artistic wing of Bitossi called Flavia - where Aldo Londi, was Art Director from 1946. Based in Montelupo, Tuscany, Bitossi exported pieces from Italy under both the Raymor and Rosenthal Netter labels.

This vase carries a rectangular paper Rosenthal-Netter label. The name Rosenthal-Netter is white on a black rectangle within the label which also states CREATED IN ITALY FOR. There is also an impressed ITALY into the bottom of the glazed bottom vase, along with the numbers 69/3. It is in excellent condition.

The pattern was created by creating small depressions in the body of the piece before firing, along with the sgrafitto technique of incising the lines forming the outlines of the paisely motifs. The red clay base body is glazed in a harvest gold color with accent colors of pumpkin orange and avocado green. So Midcentury Modern! So Eames era! So fifites and sixites!!

Add it to your Italian Bitossi Flavia pottery collection today!
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $65.00
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Bellini signed 12 inch 3 luster baluster vase the following information is courtesy of Guido Bitossi who shared it on October 18, 2013 in the Facebook group on Midcentury Italian Pottery & Bitossi.

This stunning vase is a product of the Bellini factory. The father started it in Lastra a Signa. When he passed, his son Arrigo and daughter Gioconda split the factory into two parts. Currently the grandaugher Sara is still involved in ceramics in a small factory. Arrigo Bellini worked and produced his ware in Montespertoli, about 10 minutes outside of Florence, Italy.

Signed Bellini, this vase is most likely from the 1960-1970 period and was made by Arrigo Bellini. Three different metallic luster surfaces in a very geometric pattern form the decoration on this stunning vase.

It is in excellent condition. Add it to your Midcentury Italian pottery collection today
Manufacturer: Italy, Arrigo Bellini, Montespertoli  

Your Price: $150.00
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Bitossi Bagni Raymor #2248 vase, Italy Raymor #2248 red black vase, Italy, 11 inches tall, made by Alvino Bagni for Bitossi. I have seen the smaller 7 inch version of this vase with a black Raymor name and shape number on it as well as the incised ITALY on the bottom rim.

Excellent condition.
Manufacturer: Raymor, Italy  

Your Price: $250.00
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Alvino Bagni Raymor Concentric Circles box This Alvino Bagni designed Raymor Concentric Circles wild cigarette box measures 6 1/2'l x 4' w and is signed on the bottom 'Made in Italy' 'Ram/34' and 'Raymor' in blank ink stamp. It has a great design of chocolate brown patches on the white glaze which are overlaid by black lines in a patchwork motif, some maze like rectangles, some circles. Excellent condition.
Manufacturer: Italy, Bitossi, Raymor  

Your Price: $75.00
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Bitossi, Montelupo Italy

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Bitossi Raymor midcentury 4 piece smoking set Bitossi Raymor midcentury 4 piece smoking set. The covered box is marked 43/15 Italy. There is also the price 1.00 on one corner. Amazing! The 8 inch long x 4 inch wide box has two very minor paint flakes on the inside rim of the bottom. The 7 inch tall lighter is signed 43/14. The two 5 inch long x 3 inch wide ashtrays are marked simply ITALY with the standard Bitossi mark.

The design on the set consists of a solid orange with the design on the top of the box, the middle of the lighter, and the bottom of the two ashtrays being interlocking circles and squares, a very geometric pattern. Some of the diamonds thus created are painted in green, yellow, red, and brown but they are done in a random order, very Midcentury in conception.

The price is for the set.
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $190.00
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Bitossi yellow Spagnolo Londi vase (as is) This is a striking Bitossi Italy vase using the very popular yellow, brown, and chartreuse colors from Bitossi. The vase stands 7 3/4 inches tall x 5 1/2 inches wide at its widest point midway up the vase. This vase is part of the Rosenthal-Netter line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics.

The pattern on this Aldo Londi creation is called Spagnolo which is the Italian word for Spanish. According to Mark Hall in his recent book on Italian Mid-century pottery, this line was inspired by Moorish tiles. The form is a traditional Italian form but the decoration is pure Mid-century.

Good vintage condition but there is some damage which is why I marked it as is. On the underside of the lip of the top rim, there is one small area where the glaze has flaked off. The body of the pottery is not damaged but the glaze flake is evident. I never repair or touch up my items so you may if you wish.

This vase without damage is valued at over 100 pounds in Mark HIll's recent book on Mid-century Italian pottery. With the glaze flake I am happy to pass it along for a little more than what I paid.

The bottom carries a standard Bitossi mark. The shape number 27071. The word Italy is impressed in the base. The original owner added many small felt pads around the edge and larger ones to the middle to protect the surface upon which this candleholder sat. Add it to your Italian Midcentury pottery collection today.

Circa: 1963-1975
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $38.00
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Bitossi yellow Spagnolo Londi candleholder This is a striking Bitossi Italy candleholder using the very popular yellow, brown, and chartreuse colors from Bitossi. The candleholder stands 6 1/2 inches tall x 5 1/2 inches wide at the base. This candleholder is part of the Rosenthal-Netter line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics.

The pattern on this Aldo Londi creation is called Spagnolo which is the Italian word for Spanish. According to Mark Hall in his recent book on Italian Mid-century pottery, this line was inspired by Moorish tiles. The form is a traditional Italian form but the decoration is pure Mid-century.

Excellent condition. The bottom carries a standard Bitossi mark. The shape number 27064 and the word Italy are painted in black. The original owner added seven small felt pads to protect the surface upon which this candleholder sat. Add it to your Italian Midcentury pottery collection today.

Circa: 1963-1975
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $45.00
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Bitossi Italy large 12 inch Vetrata vase This elegant vase is typical of the work of Bitossi – or more precisely the artistic wing of Bitossi called Flavia - where Aldo Londi, was Art Director from 1946. Based in Montelupo, Tuscany, Bitossi exported pieces from Italy under both the Raymor and Rosenthal Netter labels.

This is a striking Bitossi Italy vase using a chocolate brown, orange, and yellow combination of colors in a high gloss glazed vase. This combination of colors was used extensively by the Rosenthal-Netter line popular in the 1950s-1960s from Bitossi. The vase stands 12 inches tall and is 5 1/2 inches in diameter at the base. A very large striking piece which weighs almost 5 pounds!

This is known as the Vetrata pattern (windowpane).

The middle of the vase is decorated with a series of triangles over what I believe was a base white glaze. The triangles are outlined in the chocolate brown glaze. It is in excellent vintage condition and would display well on a Eames McCobb era credenza! There is small glaze skip on the top rim but I believe this happened in its manufacture.

It is signed on the bottom 941'A and the famous conjoined IT Italy mark. It most likely carried either a Raymor or Rosenthal-Netter paper label.

Add it to your collection of Italian Mid century pottery today.
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $110.00
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Bitossi mid century sgrafitto Egyptian vase This is a striking Bitossi Italy vase using the very popular sgrafitto technique popular in the 1950s. This vase most likely was part of the Raymor line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics.

It stands 10 5/8 inches tall and is 4 1/4 inches wide at the base. The heavy red base clay is glazed in a whitish tan glaze. Using sgrafitto incising, the decorator created a large Egyptian figure carrying two pots. There are also three cartouches on the back where the clay has been carved out and enamel dots have been added.

The condition is very good considering this type of decoration is quite fragile. There is a small flake at the rim that happened long ago. I see no other damage. There are areas of the vase where the sgrafitti left some areas without the white underglaze but this is not damage.

The colors of the figure are yellow, orange, blue, red, green with a pink face, brown body and hair. I have not seen many other Mid century Bitossi pieces with this decoration. The base also carries the initials VP. It appears that the botte vase may have had a cork as there is still one inside the vase.

Add it to your Mid century Italian pottery collection today.
Circa: 1945-1970
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $55.00
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Bitossi Londi Italy covered cigarette box Bitossi Londi Raymor 8 inch long x 4 inch wide Rimini Blue Bitossi green/blue covered cigarette box, with original circular paper label stating Made in Italy, signed Italy 955 in black ink. One can always tell the Bitossi items by the way the I and T are conjoined in the word ITALY.This was made by the well-known and highly respected Italian firm of Bitossi.

This covered cigarette box is extremely heavy. It has a textured Londi Rimini blue surface onthe outside bottom and a hand-tooled surface decorated with what I call the Raindrop pattern, rows of indentations which give it depth and texture. As with most of the Bitossi heavy covered cigarette boxes one finds, this one has a few small chips to 2 of the inside corners of the box (see photos) . However, the lid is in perfect shape, which is hard to find.

Circa: 1945-1970
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Italy  

Your Price: $100.00
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Bitossi Italy covered cigarette box This great example is most likely from the Raymor line of imported articles made in Italy for the American market. Marked on the bottom in gold ink is B56 Italy. The covered cigarette box is extremely heavy. The bottom is a matte black glaze. The top has a tan background with yellow and black horizontal lines through it . A very striking combination of colors and a very good Mid Century piece of pottery! There are some small chips to the black base on the inside of the box where the lid comes into contact with it, thus the reasonable price. The top is undamaged . Add it to your Raymor or Italian Mid-Century pottery collection today
Circa: 1945-1970
Manufacturer: Italy, Bitossi, Raymor  

Your Price: $50.00
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Bitossi Moderna Marocco Aldo Londi planter This is a striking Bitossi Italy Rosenthal-Netter large planter designed by Aldo Londi in 1974. The planter stands 6 inches tall x 7 inches wide at its widest point. This vase is part of the Rosenthal-Netter line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics.

The pattern on this Aldo Londi creation is called Moderna Marocco which is the Italian word for Modern Morrocan. According to Mark Hall in his recent book on Italian Mid-century pottery, this line was inspired by the blossoming studio pottery movement of the 1970s. As Hill states, high quality designs such as this took longer to apply and were more expensive, making them rare today. Unusually, this design does not include sgraffito or impressed elements.

Excellent condition. When tapped, it rings solidly. Original Rosenthal-Netter paper label. A second label with the words Made in Italy stamped on one side in red and the numbers 266/15. I have two other pieces from this line with labels. All have the line number of 266/. I have to conclude that the 15 is the shape number and the 266 is the number for Moderna Marocco.

In the Mark Hill book, the 10 inch version of this rare vase on page 72 is valued at 300-500 pounds. My price for the planter in this rare pattern is a bit more reasonable.

Add it to your Italian Midcentury pottery collection today.
Circa: 1974
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $80.00
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Bitossi Moderna Marocco Aldo Londi vase This is a striking Bitossi Italy Rosenthal-Netter large vase designed by Aldo Londi in 1974. The vase stands 10 inches tall x 7 1/2 inches wide at its widest point and a circumference of 23 inches. This vase is part of the Rosenthal-Netter line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics.

The pattern on this Aldo Londi creation is called Moderna Marocco which is the Italian word for Modern Morrocan. According to Mark Hall in his recent book on Italian Mid-century pottery, this line was inspired by the blossoming studio pottery movement of the 1970s. As Hill states, high quality designs such as this took longer to apply and were more expensive, making them rare today. Unusually, this design does not include sgraffito or impressed elements.

Excellent condition. When tapped, it rings solidly. Original Rosenthal-Netter paper label with the words Made in Italy stamped on one side and the numbers 266/2. I have two other pieces from this line with labels. All have the line number of 266/. I have to conclude that the 2 is the shape number and the 266 is the number for Moderna Marocco.

In the Mark Hill book, the 10 inch version of this rare vase on page 72 is valued at 300-500 pounds. My price is a bit more reasonable.

Add it to your Italian Midcentury pottery collection today.
Circa: 1974
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $125.00
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Bitossi Moderna Marocco Aldo Londi vase This is a striking Bitossi Italy Rosenthal-Netter vase designed by Aldo Londi in 1974. The vase stands 6 1/4 inches tall x 5 1/2 inches wide at its widest point midway up the vase. This vase is part of the Rosenthal-Netter line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics.

The pattern on this Aldo Londi creation is called Moderna Marocco which is the Italian word for Modern Morrocan. According to Mark Hall in his recent book on Italian Mid-century pottery, this line was inspired by the blossoming studio pottery movement of the 1970s. As Hill states, high quality designs such as this took longer to apply and were more expensive, making them rare today. Unusually, this design does not include sgraffito or impressed elements.

Excellent condition. Original Rosenthal-Netter paper label but the numbers are gone. I have two other pieces from this line with labels. All have the line number of 266/.

In the Mark Hill book, the 10 inch version of this vase on page 72 is valued at 300-500 pounds. This is the smaller vase in the same line, thus my lower price for it.

Add it to your Italian Midcentury pottery collection today.
Circa: 1974
Manufacturer: Bitossi, Flavia, Aldo Londi, Montelupo, Italy  

Your Price: $200.00
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Bagni Rosenthal-Netter Green Blue Spiral Vase Alvino Bagni (1919-2000) founded Bagni Ceramiche in Lastra a Signa in August 1946. During the 1950s and 1960s he worked closely with Irving Richards of Raymor, the American distributor, as well as with their competitor, Rosenthal-Netter. The United States became Bagni’s largest market with over 80 percent of the company’s production going there. Thousands of modern designs were produced over four decades. Though it is not possible to categorize Bagni’s work easily, the wax-resist technique, impressed geometric shapes, mottled brown or green glazes and high-relief geometric forms applied to the surface are hallmarks of his work. Many designs were also glossily glazed in bright colors in simple stylized patterns such as banding or swirling lines. (Mark Hill, Alla Moda).

Red clay was used from the late 1940s-1950s, before a finer white clay was used. Bagni considered his "Sea Garden" design to be his version of Londi’s Rimini Blu design. The factory closed in 1992.

As far as signatures, production destined for Raymor or Rosenthal-Netter was often marked in different ways. The first and most common Bagni for Raymor mark is a painted mark comprised of an ‘R’ for Raymor, followed by a three or four digit number. This number is probably Raymor’s internal stock number. The second way is a Raymor paper label printed with ‘BAG’ and a similar number. Some Bagni pieces for Rosethal-Netter were marked with two digits, followed by a slash, followed by two digits. This was often accompanied by a paper label (Mark Hill, Alla Moda, page 216)

This Bagni vase is signed 30/3 Italy. The underglaze is done is a crackled glaze, an imitation of a famous Chinese glaze, and the predominant color of the glaze is a white with a spiral pattern of green, turquoise and cobalt blue rectangles. The inside is the same green used on the outside.. It is in excellent vintage shape with the exception of two pinpoint flakes to the glaze on the top rim. There is no damage to the body under the missing part of the glaze. All in all, it is in very good vintage shape for its 40 years.

The vase stands 8 inches tall x 5 inches at its widest point. Add it to your collecton of Midcentury Italian pottery, Raymor or Bagni today.
Circa: 1970-1980
Manufacturer: Alvino Bagni, Bagni Ceramiche, Italy  

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Rosenthal-Netter Bitossi chartreuse vase This is a striking Bitossi Italy vase using the very popular orange, yellow and chartreuse colors in the 1950s-1960s from Bitossi. The vase stands 5 3/4 inches tall. This vase is part of the Rosenthal-Netter line of imported Italian pottery and ceramics as it is carries an original paper label.

The body of the vase is done in a vibrant chartruse glaze onto which two highly stylized blossoms have been painted, one orange, one white. It seems that the Rosenthal-Netter line was a brighter toned line than the Raymor Line. One sees a lot of yellows and oranges on the Rosenthal-Netter line.

The original paper Rosenthal-Netter black and white paper label carries the stock number 245/2.

The piece is in excellent condition. Add it to your Rosenthal-Netter or Bitossi collection.
Circa: 1950-1970
Manufacturer: Rosenthal-Netter, Bitossi, Italy  

Your Price: $40.00
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Toscany Empoli red triangle incised ewer This funky and retro Mid-century pottery was made in Italy by the Toscany Company, of Empoli Italy. Empoli is a town in Tuscany about 20 miles south of Florence. Empoli is also not far from Montelupo, a famous center of Italian pottery made for export to the United States. The silver label seen on identical pieces seems to be restricted to the 1945-1970 time period.

The deeply carved pattern on this 4 1/2 inch tall ewer is perhaps a reflection of Etruscan pottery as well. A rough sponged type of glaze gives the base chocolate underglaze dimension and texture. The top layers are painted in bold bright colors: pumpkin orange, lemon yellow, aquamarine, deep red. This pattern I am naming "Red Triangles".

It is signed on the bottom with the standard black ink stamp mark of MADE IN ITALY in capital letters. One can see the base reddish clay on the unfired bottom.

It is in excellent condition and ready to serve as decor in your Eames era home. Add it to your Midcentury Pottery collection today. This would look stunning on a McCobb, Parzinger or Eames piece.
Circa: 1950-1960
Manufacturer: Toscany Company, Empoli, Italy  

Your Price: $20.00
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Italian Raymor era Egyptian bottle vase This 9 inch tall bottle vase is very appealing and would work with many different color schemes as an accent piece. The main glaze is white onto which horizontal bands of red, black, purple, orange are painted. The inside of the vase is glazed in a deep luxurious cobalt blue glaze.

The vase is stamped 8600 C and Handmade in Italy on the bottom. The body is of red clay as were many of the Bagni or Londi Bitossi pieces. This vase has a great retro mid century look to it. Add it to your Midcentury decor today.

It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or damage.
Circa: 1945-1970
Manufacturer: unknown  

Your Price: $30.00
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