Posted 10 months ago
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"