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European Art Pottery796 of 1116Italian Ceramic Plate from before 1960's ?  Made by?  B. GERODARAS VASE
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Posted 2 years ago

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vetraio50
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I wonder if Thelma is going to read this? Thelma and her husband Peter are great mates who collect Italian Pottery and Scandinavian glass. They have a stall at the Collector's Market here in Sydney and Thelma has recently shown me her copy of Mark Hill's new book on Italian ceramics: Alla Moda. Last month I took along a couple of items that I wanted Thelma to have, one of which was a De Simone plate.

Having said "Hello" to Pete and Thelma I went wandering around the market and came across another piece of De Simone's work. You lose one and you pick one up! I was very cheeky and tried to haggle with the dealer but she sold it to me for half of her asking price, so I was very happy.

To quote myself from another posting on De Simone:
"I have collected a few of the pieces by De Simone over the years. I like the vibrancy of this faience/faenza. De Simone is a firm begun by Giovanni De Simone in Palermo Sicily in the early fifties in the area around Piazza Leoni 2 ( the Jewish Quarter of this historic city). In the early days the work was mostly home-wares and decorative tiles in the traditional manner. But at the end of the fifties they were producing a much more colourful and humourous range of articles characterized by thick glazes. The firm then set up in Rome as well because of their successes where the family business continues today."

This bottle/vase is a great glimpse into life in Palermo. I love the triangular shape that gives three different perspectives of the scene.

If anyone can give me any details about the marks the bottom I'd be happy to hear from you.

H: 25.5 cm or 10"
W: 7cm or 2.75"

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hi Sean, thanks to you and to mustang Tony too!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks toracat!
    Hope you're well, mate!
  3. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Hi V, I have a number of DiSimone pieces. I recently picked up a double fish plate. (Okay for a dollar). I also had a orange chicken plate which I sold quickly at the flea market last year. I believe I have another vase rumbling around somewhere.
    I love the colors, and the life of DiSimone but also find them a bit off putting. Not sure why. Anyway, if you want them...
  4. Budek Budek, 2 years ago
    Hello Kevin,
    Love the shape, color, and design, all a wonderful celebration of life.
    Grazie!
  5. beyemvey beyemvey, 2 years ago
    Cool - love it... one of my mom's ancestors (F. Mollica) married a di Simone (2nd wife) in the 1780s... they lived on Ustica, just North of Sicily and South of Naples in the AEolian Islands. Interesting to me the connection of both surnames to ceramics.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Amber, Tonino, beyemvey, austro, musikchoo, miKKo and to you too Phil.
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hi beyemvey! Mollica? la Real Fabbrica Ferdinandea? All part of the Kingdom of Naples is Ustica etc. Mollica is one of The "Names". They even bought out the Cacciapuoti moulds later on. Keeping it all in the "famiglia". Or a case of mixing with the same crowd. Fabulous!
  8. inky inky, 2 years ago
    I love the naivety, colours and playfulness of this... a happy bottle!...:-)
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks inky! It's playful in an Italian way!
  10. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Love this vetraio !!!!!!!!!!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Mani!!!!
  12. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    What a beaut fun piece it just brought a bit of joy to my day!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ozMart!
    How are you mate?
  14. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    Not good cobba! Banks!!! grrr!!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    many thanks kerry10456 and to you too czechman!
  16. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Your very welcome, I've seen these, but never thought to pick one up, now I know to.
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I hope to see more of them, kerry10456!
  18. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    I'm sure there's another about 12 miles from me in a Thrift style store, was about a week ago, I'll run over Saturday and see if still there.
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I hope you get it!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo and guyfrmatl too!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks petey!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks kelkat!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AGRAM!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Ho2CULTURE!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks TONINO!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks TOM!
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks TOM61375!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MSL!
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
    Many thanks SEAN 'n HO2CULTCHA too!

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