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Mayolica Gazelle vase. Ars Deruta (Italy, 1950s)

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_ SO 50s!21 of 21Anonymous porcelain zoomorphic vase (Italy, 1950s)LADY chair and sofa, Marco Zanusso (Arflex, 1951)
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Posted 11 months ago

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austrohung…
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This is a 100% 50s piece of Italian ceramics. I love its stylized shape and the use of the Mondrian-like pattern that covers it all. In fact ceramics of the 50s seem to take a lot elements from the artistic avant-garde of the 20th Century and so we can find ceramics that remind us of Miró, Mondrian, Klee...

By the way, I guess I should have taken a picture of the interior of the vase which is turquoise blue. Pretty sophisticated ;)

This Gazelle vase was purchased at a souvenirs shop in front of chiesa di Santa Chiara in Assisi, Italy, in 1979. It seems that at that time you could buy vintage stuff at quite a nice price and, in fact, these were understood as old unsold stuff, hence their price.

I guess there is no way to find out who the designer is (if there’s any… my guess is that the ceramist who made it in the 1950s did a very trendy work but he/she probably wasn’t a designer at all, just a good ceramist), but at least on the base there is a signature: Ars Deruta, Made in Italy, 2463. So we know it comes from the Ars Deruta ceramics factory in Deruta , where they’ve been working ceramics for almost 800 years.

I’ve been doing a search online (both google and ebay) and I have to say, proudly, no piece can compare to this amazing one.

By the way, Carlos gets mad at me everytime I call this "the goat", replying very seriously "it is a gazelle!!!" LOL

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  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    it is very beautiful:)!
  2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    Thank Sean!

    What time is it in Wisconsin? Shouldn't you be sleeping? :)
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Maybe the address might be a further clue?

    Manifattura ceramica attiva in via Circonvallazione Nord 1 a Deruta, in provincia di Perugia, già negli anni del secondo dopoguerra.

    Presenta una produzione di maioliche moderne e copie dall'antico che comprende servizi da tavola, caffè e tè, piatti da muro, soprammobili e vasi.

    Maybe Walter Pellegrino can help?



  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    Your very welcome austro:)
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    it was 4:37 am and gotten up early , could not sleep anymore.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    At that address today is:
    MONDO CERAMICA SOCIETA' IN NOME COLLETTIVO DI GIULIANO E MAURO MENCARE
    Ceramiche Impianti e Macchine
    Via Circonvallazione Nord 1 - 06053 DERUTA (PG)
    tel. 075 9711617

  7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    Kevin , you really have lot of knowledge on the Italian pottery , You must have many years of experience of reading these markings.
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Just the ability to look for clues. Many hands/eyes make light work.
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    sounds Great:)
  10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    Thanks ean, and thanks again Kev!
  11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 11 months ago
    Your very welcome austro!!
  12. bobogal bobogal, 11 months ago
    Gorgeous Mondrian-inspired ceramic piece!
  13. AmberRose AmberRose, 11 months ago
    I laughed so hard with the goat/gazelle wars. Next time you have a tiff, call him goat boy.
  14. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 11 months ago
    This is stunning. My dream is to someday buy vintage / antique stuff in Europe :)
  15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    DrFluffy... I guess going to the right places, and Sean and Amber know a lot about it, you can buy amazing European vintage stuff in the States... much more convenient for you! ;)

    Thanks Manikin , DrFluffy, Eye4Beauty, kerry10456, czechman, Amber and bobogal for your loves!!!
  16. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    Also thanks to BigTex, aldo78 and Moonstone ;)
  17. rniederman rniederman, 11 months ago
    Wonderful abstract design with a colorful 'nod' to Piet Mondrian. - Rob
  18. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    Thanks rniederman!!!
  19. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    Thanks valentino97, bratjdd and geo26e for your loves!
  20. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 11 months ago
    Thanks for your loves, famatta!
  21. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 11 months ago
    Carlos is right. It's a gazelle, and a gracious one. I also start to develop a weakness for ceramics, but mostly of Scandinavian origin. I'll present some pieces here.
  22. EvolveTwo21, 10 months ago
    That is cool and what I was struck by is how much it looks like my MCM genie lamp in color and "tile effect"! I don't see a place here to attach a photo of my lamp, so I will post it to the finds. It was a find of mine a few years ago and still one of my favorite pieces.
  23. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 months ago
    Thanks EvolveTwo21! I am looking forward to seeing your MCM genie lamp!!!
  24. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 months ago
    Now that HAS character!!
  25. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 3 months ago
    Es bellísima, luce fantástica! So pretty! :)
  26. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 months ago
    Thanks antiquerose! ¡gracias Virginia! :) So glad you like this one!

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