Posted 7 years ago
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