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Posted 1 year ago

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vetraio50
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What can be more Italian than this Ciuccio (or Ciucciariello)?
Pronounced: choo-choh (or choo-cha-ree-elloh).
Or is it a figure from the Wiener Werkstatte?

Recently I read an article on an Italian collector of these ‘Ciucci’ these donkeys: “Antonio Dipino, owner and chef of a renowned restaurant, has been collecting art pottery of the region for many years. … His eyes shone while he told me how a group of German artists settled in Vietri in the 20’s. Working side by side with Vietri craftsmen they blended the local pottery making style and the new art trends, revitalizing the millennium-old ceramic tradition that was stuck in the repetition of old fashioned products, no longer in tune with the contemporary taste.”

This era is referred to as the 'periodo tedesco', the German period.

These German artists interested me. The major name is Richard Doelker. But it also includes “Günther Stüdemann, Elle Schwarz, Margarete Thewalt Hannash, Irene Kowaliska, Marianne Amos … they marked the beginning of a new era in the history of Vietri pottery. They unleashed a creative power that influenced the artists of the region in the following decades, promoting the creative talent of Giovannino Carrano, Vincenzo Pinto, Giosuè and Salvatore Procida and Guido Gambone.”
http://www.thatsarte.com/blog/highlights/the-sudden-joy-of-a-close-encounter-with-vietri-pottery-art/

What interests me is that my little donkey (il mio asinello) is signed in a very un-Italian way.
It reads “ Paul s. Italy ”.
Not Paolo but Paul.

Walter Pellegrino has given me new information about this mark. See his comments below:
As the author of the first and only books written in English on the subject of Italian Pottery Identification I can help solve this mystery. The word is "Paul's. It was a an American Import Company located in New Jersey. The company was created in 1898 by Edward Paul. In the 1930's the company was purchased by the Arditti family who kept the original name of the company. A few years ago I interviewed Arthur Arditti, now in his 80's and discovered that the company began importing Italian ceramics in the late 1950's through the 1970's. Arthur, himself, made buyer's trip to various Italian towns and cities, particularly in the south. Contract documents show that Arditi insisted that the only the name "Paul's" appeared on the ceramics. It was a way of ensuring that competitors would not discover the firm's sources of supply. Paul's stopped importing Italian pottery in the late 1970's.

Walter Del Pellegrino

Check his comments 33 and 34.

Thanks Walter muchly!

Il caratteristico asinello (o’ ciucciariello) aka 'ciuccio'

These little Italian figures have always been seen as ‘kitsch’. They are becoming better appreciated these days and are synonymous with the Italian town of Vietri. They can date as early as the 1920’s!

"La loro produzione attinge dal repertorio naturale ed umano: pescatori, barche, donne e bambini, la luna ed il sole, i fiori ed infine il caratteristico asinello (o’ ciucciariello) che proprio i tedeschi Dolker e Kowaliska privilegiarono".

If I were to live in Italy this is the area where I would head: the Amalfi Coast (aka la Costiera Amalfatina or even better 'la Divina'). Vietri is a town known for its ceramics and these little donkeys were picked up by the tourists who visited the area south of Naples: Vesuvius, Pompeii, Ercolano, Sorrento and worked their way down the coastal roads in search of even better panoramas. Capri?

"Megghiu mori cicciu e no lu ciucciu, ca lu ciucciu porta ligna e cicciu no"

Mystery Solved

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks mustangT and to you too kerry10456!
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks ozMarty!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Sean! Let's have a look!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    I'm touched, Sean, as you are blessed!
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks czechman and to you too AmberRose!
  6. epson233 epson233, 1 year ago
    interesting kev -- when i search for things i always wonder what would sean, inky, elsa, or the others on cw think -- am i passing a treasure by -- but we all have different loves that trip our triggers -- thank goodness for diversity --
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Jericho and bratjdd too!
  8. toracat toracat, 1 year ago
    I really like your donkey! I am going to find some Italian ceramics! I spent quite a bit of time in Italy when I was young, 21 and 23. For some reason I stayed in Scilla (by the toe) sort of, in the castle which was a student type hostel. I helped clean it for free rent in the mornings. I camped at Lake Como for a couple of weeks also. I will watch for the names you mentioned!
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Hi toracat, i hope you come across some of the Sicilian pieces. I have a charger plate here too on CW that shows the town of Vietri sul Mare....
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/20575-my-romolo-apicella-vietri-charger-signed
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    And thanks for your kind comments, toracat!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Plaintosee!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks to those overnight here! Plaintosee, musikchoo, guyfrmatl, blunderbuss2, Phil, ho2cultcha and to you too inky!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    That's the mystery, Sean!
    Who is Paul S.?
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks, Tonino!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    I had a thought that it might be Paul G. too!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks, Sean. Many eyes and minds!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    I hope not! ;(
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks bratjdd!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks stef!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks pops52!
  21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Hi miKKo! Thanks for the love!
  22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks kelkat!
  23. wdel wdel, 1 year ago
    As the author of the first and only books written in English on the subject of Italian Pottery Identification I can help solve this mystery. The word is "Paul's. It was a an American Import Company located in New Jersey. The company was created in 1898 by Edward Paul. In the 1930's the company was purchased by the Arditti family who kept the original name of the company. A few years ago I interviewed Arthur Arditti, now in his 80's and discovered that the company began importing Italian ceramics in the late 1950's through the 1970's. Arthur, himself, made buyer's trip to various Italian towns and cities, particularly in the south. Contract documents show that Arditi insisted that the only the name "Paul's" appeared on the ceramics. It was a way of ensuring that competitors would not discover the firm's sources of supply. Paul's stopped importing Italian pottery in the late 1970's.
    Walter Del Pellegrino
  24. wdel wdel, 1 year ago
    Here is a link to an article on the subject that I wrote for my Italian Pottery Forum.
    You may enjoy it.
    Walter Del Pellegrino
    http://italianpotterymarks.freeforums.org/donkey-carts-t303.html
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thank you so much Walter, I am most grateful for your help. I have visited your forum many times. So this would be a fifties item, then?
  26. wdel wdel, 1 year ago
    That is correct Vetraio. The piece dates from the 1950's or 60's. Note the hole in the belly of your beautiful little example. This tells us that it was made in a mold and thus a production piece that has been been decorated by the hand. The hole is there to allow gases to escape from the hollow body. The pieces that are really chased after are the individually crafted donkeys that are completely made by hand and are signed. These are heavy and solid thus not requiring a escape hole.
    Walter Del Pellegrino
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Hi Walter! I have to say that I had never thought of its being slip cast. I really thought it was solid. But I have just investigated further and the hole does go some distance into the body. The moulding is actually very good. Would it have been done in two halves?
    I'm in Australia. I find it amazing how these objects can travel. I wonder if the Arditti family exported further than the US and into Australia as well?
    Am I correct in thinking this ciuccio is from Vietri?

    Two weeks ago I saw a slip cast cart here in Sydney that was marked Assisi.
    The connection between San Francesco and the donkey of his mortal body?

    I'd appreciate it if you were to look at my Romolo Apicella Vietri charger.
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/20575-my-romolo-apicella-vietri-charger-signed
  28. Hornet Hornet, 1 year ago
    http://annunci.ebay.it/annunci/altro-arredamento-e-casalinghi/salerno-annunci-cava-de-tirreni/ceramica-vietresi/42006937
    Ciuccio or Ciucciariello is Ok.
    Ciao .
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thanks Hornet! Ti ringrazio tanto, saluti cordiali da Sydney!
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks birdie and belatedly to kelkat too!
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Lilliflunew!
  32. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    I still have mine and still haven't gotten a answer :) love yours very very much Kevin:)
  33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Thanks SEAN. ARe you posting him?
  34. SEAN68 SEAN68, 1 year ago
    I did , im going to retry again .
  35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    MANY THANKS MSL!
  36. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks bratjdd!
  37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks Geno!
  38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!

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