XL BLUE GEOMETRIC DÉCOR VASE BY SARDARTIS (ITALY)
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A large and very heavy Italian vase with a deeply carved all-over geometric décor, possibly by Sardartis—or perhaps by a company called Il Nuovo Rinascimento (The New Renaissance) that may have produced it for Sardartis. The relationship between the firms remains hazy. There seems to be a tiny fleabite on the rim that was touched up with a dark blue permanent marker (see photo).
From the Italian pottery Facebook page: "Sardartis was a client of Bitossi based in Castelsardo, Sardinia. They fell out with Bitossi and started to order Bitossi lookalikes from other manufacturers. Over the years we have tentatively attributed lots of lookalikes to Sardartis. . . . The main theory as of now is that Nuovo Rinascimento produced them, and probably not exclusively for Sardartis. Another possibility is SIC - Scuola Italiana Ceramiche, Casale Monferrato."
The Sgraffito decor and use of the Persiano blue glaze reflect the popular and prominent Italian studio pottery design of the time, most notably the Rimini series produced by the Italian studio Bitossi. The inspiration for the use of the Persiano blue is said to be taken from the Adriatic sea, off the coast of Rimini in Italy.
Designer – UNKNOWN
Design Period/Year – 1960s
Maker – UNKNOWN
Production Period/Year – 1960s
Origin – ITALY
Styles/Movements – ITALIAN; ABSTRACT; MID-CENTURY MODERN
Materials – CERAMIC
Colors – BLUE, BLACK
Condition – Fleabite on the rim, otherwise in very good vintage condition. May show other minor traces of wear consistent with age and use.
Dimensions – 5 ½" DIAM. × 17" H