A wonderful three sided vase designed by Roberto Rigon for the Italian ceramics manufacturer Bertoncello Ceramiche D'Arte in the late 60s or early 70s.  the stippled glaze is a speciality of the Bertoncello factory known as 'Screziato Tobacco'.

BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE D'ARTE was established as LPB in the town of Schiavon in the province of Vicenza, Veneto, Italy in 1956.  Founded by Giovanni Bertoncello and Messrs. Lini and Pizzato, the firm was renamed soon after when Mr. Lini was replaced by Giovanni's brother, Felice Bertoncello.  (Pizzato was a financial backer.)  Giovanni Bertoncello was the creative force behind the company's early designs.  By the early 1970s, his artistic skill and entrepreneurial spirit led BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE to great successes, both in Italy and on the foreign market.  At the height of operations, it employed some 30 staff members.  The well-known artistic innovator Roberto Rigon collaborated with the company in the development of several popular forms and glazes before launching his own ceramics business with wife Maria Luigia and their children.


BERTONCELLO CERAMICHE D'ARTE is most famous for modern, sculptural, organic shapes that often feature rounded, recessed holes and integrated handles.  All items are molded from white clay and many are finished with a signature mottled, brown-and-beige glaze known as 'Screziato' (speckled, dappled) of which there were two types. 'Screziato Tobacco' is more brown than beige, while 'Screziato Havana' is more beige than brown.  Unfortunately, not much more is known about BERTONCELLO; its catalogs and archives were destroyed when it was shuttered in 1999.

Manufacturer Bertoncello
Design Period 1970 to 1979
Production Period Unknown
Country of Manufacture Italy
Identifying Marks This piece has been attributed based on archival documentation, such as vintage catalogs, designer records, or other literature sources
Style Vintage, Mid-Century, Italian Modern, Minimalist, Modernist
Detailed Condition Excellent — This vintage piece is in near original condition. It may show minimal traces of use and/or have slight restorations.
Product Code
Materials Ceramic
Color Brown, tan
Width 5.3 inch
Depth 5.3 inch
Height 5.3 inch


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