BERTONCELLO 'SCREZIATO HAVANA' CHIMNEY VASE
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A tall, footed, chimney-form vase with three organic, decorative piercings that can double as integrated handles. Designed by Giovanni Bertoncello for BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE D'ARTE and dressed in the very characteristic 'Screziato Havana' glaze.
BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE D'ARTE was established in 1956 in the town of Schiavon in the province of Vicenza in the Veneto region of Italy. Originally known simply as LPB after the surnames of founders Lini, Pizzato, and Giovanni Bertoncello, its name was changed upon employee Lini's early replacement with Giovanni's brother, Felice Bertoncello (Pizzato being merely a backer). Giovanni was the creative force behind BERTONCELLO's early designs. By the early 1970's his artistic skill and entrepreneurial spirit had led the company to great success in Italy and on the foreign market. At the height of its operations, BERTONCELLO employed some 30 staff members. The well-known artist Roberto Rigon collaborated with the firm on the development of several popular forms and glazes before launching his own ceramics business with wife Maria Luigia.
BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE D'ARTE is best known for sculptural, modern, organic shapes, that often feature rounded, recessed holes and integrated handles. Items were molded from white clay and many were finished with a signature mottled brown and beige glaze known as 'Screziato' (speckled, dappled). Sadly, not much more is known about the company; all of its catalogs and archives were destroyed when it was shuttered in 1999.
Production Period – 1970-1979
Country of Origin – ITALY
Designer – GIOVANNI BERTONCELLO (1930-2011)
Maker – BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE D'ARTE
Attribution – MARKED
Materials – CERAMIC
Condition – VERY GOOD (no defects; may show slight traces of use)
Height (cm) – 25.5
Width (cm) – 13.0
Depth (cm) – 8.5