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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Here's another piece I thought Vetraio might like. Its a Volpi Deruta vase, 16" tall, a lot taller than it looks! I've found out some info already about it, but not ths specific kind of ware. All I've found is boring stuff, but I think this is a pretty neat piece!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      I think it is VOLPI.
      A company founded in Deruta in 1928 by Serafino Volpi & Gino Veschini. In 1929 Veschini left and with his father Antonio created another firm known Veschini. Volpi continued on alone.
      Two well known workers there were Amerigo Lunghi & Alpinolo Magnini. It remained in business until the late fifties.

      So a date from 1929 until 1959?

      "Manifattura ceramica fondata a Deruta nel 1928 da Serafino Volpi e Gino Veschini.
      Nel 1929 Veschini lascia la società per fondare insieme al padre Antonio la manifattura ceramica di famiglia "Veschini" e Serafino Volpi rimane unico proprietario.
      Tra i collaboratori della ditta ricordiamo Amerigo Lunghi e Alpinolo Magnini.
      La manifattura rimane in produzione fino all'inizio degli anni Cinquanta."

    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      You've been coming up with some nice ones! How come?

    3. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      I found some others with the matte glaze and African inspiration that were attributed to Serafino so that's what I'm thinking it is

      I hit an estate sale that had a few nice Italian things. Overpaid for a lot of it though... Did get a Bitossi owl in yellow/orange, always wanted one of those owls
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      I found this on the net:
      Serafino Volpi was a major force in establishing 20th century Deruta as one of Italy’s most important pottery producing centers, thereby making it famous worldwide. Volpi was a painter, a ceramicst, a businessman and above all, one of the most innovative and daring artist to live in a town filled with some of the brightest and most talented artists Italy had to offer in the first half of the 20th century.
      In 1916, Volpi’s talent and innovation brought him to the attention of the Maiolica Deruta company, where he was hired as the Technical Director. In 1919 he left the firm to become one of the founders of the Grazia company (which is still in operation today). Then, in 1928, along with Gino Veschini, he created Maiolica Derutese. Volpi’s passion for the ceramics arts, his friendships and collaborations with such master decorators as Amerigo Lunghi and Alpinolo Magnini and Volpi’s own talent launched the new company into immediate international recognition. The company remained in operation until 1970 under the guidance of Volpi’s son and grandchildren.
      Serafino, ever the innovator and astute entrepreneur, was the first to see an opportunity to open a new market for his wares. His Maiolica Derutese was the first Italian company to introduce Italian arts and crafts to Japan immediately after World War II. His approach was unique and highly successful. He combined Japanese techniques, such as moriage and combined that with American themes such as cowboys and Indians, then very popular in Japan, and melded them together in a style that still remained distinctly Italian in flavor.
      In the 1950's Volpi left the operation of Maiolica Derutese to his son and then opened a new studio-"S. Volpi". The pieces he produced during this period were distinctly not of traditional Deruta design but rather showed a more adventurous spirit. They were more modern and free flowing in style and Volpi always experimented with new shapes and colors. The company closed after a few short years of production.

      Looking forward t seeing the Bitossi?

    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      There's this too at Water Pellegrino's site:

      The moriage concept is explained a bit further.
      He sees it as being more American than African.

    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Then there's this A D mark. The D for Deruta?
    7. Stillwater Stillwater, 9 years ago
      Well I meant the motifs being African instead of the technique. They give me an African "tribal" vibe. I thought moriage was Japanese? The word is at least. I've heard people pronounce it "more-ee-ahj" lol.

      Anyway, I'm thinking that Serafino did this kind of work, like what I have, and someone else did the more typical "Italian" majolica-looking stuff.

      I don't know though, I haven't done a ton of research on it yet. I'm not done kicking myself for overpaying at that sale. I got a Cleo Hartwig dove though, that's a good piece, pretty iconic. That should help make up for my over-paying.

      Got suckered on a "bronze" thing that I thought might be Just Andersen, but I think its a Pottery Barn thing... I wanted to put it back but the people that run those sales get really upset about that. Its really dusty and has some rust, but I just don't know. I think I'm being too optimistic about it lol

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