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Mayolica Gazelle vase. Ars Deruta (Italy, 1950s)

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_ SO 50s!33 of 33Anonymous porcelain zoomorphic vase (Italy, 1950s)19+50s Spanish ceramics table-lamp base
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Posted 4 years ago


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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


  1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    it is very beautiful:)!
  2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thank Sean!

    What time is it in Wisconsin? Shouldn't you be sleeping? :)
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Maybe the address might be a further clue?

    Manifattura ceramica attiva in via Circonvallazione Nord 1 a Deruta, in provincia di Perugia, già negli anni del secondo dopoguerra.

    Presenta una produzione di maioliche moderne e copie dall'antico che comprende servizi da tavola, caffè e tè, piatti da muro, soprammobili e vasi.

    Maybe Walter Pellegrino can help?

  4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome austro:)
  5. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    it was 4:37 am and gotten up early , could not sleep anymore.
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    At that address today is:
    Ceramiche Impianti e Macchine
    Via Circonvallazione Nord 1 - 06053 DERUTA (PG)
    tel. 075 9711617

  7. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Kevin , you really have lot of knowledge on the Italian pottery , You must have many years of experience of reading these markings.
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
    Just the ability to look for clues. Many hands/eyes make light work.
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    sounds Great:)
  10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thanks ean, and thanks again Kev!
  11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Your very welcome austro!!
  12. bobogal bobogal, 4 years ago
    Gorgeous Mondrian-inspired ceramic piece!
  13. AmberRose AmberRose, 4 years ago
    I laughed so hard with the goat/gazelle wars. Next time you have a tiff, call him goat boy.
  14. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 4 years ago
    This is stunning. My dream is to someday buy vintage / antique stuff in Europe :)
  15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    DrFluffy... I guess going to the right places, and Sean and Amber know a lot about it, you can buy amazing European vintage stuff in the States... much more convenient for you! ;)

    Thanks Manikin , DrFluffy, Eye4Beauty, kerry10456, czechman, Amber and bobogal for your loves!!!
  16. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Also thanks to BigTex, aldo78 and Moonstone ;)
  17. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
    Wonderful abstract design with a colorful 'nod' to Piet Mondrian. - Rob
  18. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thanks rniederman!!!
  19. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thanks valentino97, bratjdd and geo26e for your loves!
  20. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thanks for your loves, famatta!
  21. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 4 years ago
    Carlos is right. It's a gazelle, and a gracious one. I also start to develop a weakness for ceramics, but mostly of Scandinavian origin. I'll present some pieces here.
  22. EvolveTwo21, 4 years ago
    That is cool and what I was struck by is how much it looks like my MCM genie lamp in color and "tile effect"! I don't see a place here to attach a photo of my lamp, so I will post it to the finds. It was a find of mine a few years ago and still one of my favorite pieces.
  23. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
    Thanks EvolveTwo21! I am looking forward to seeing your MCM genie lamp!!!
  24. antiquerose antiquerose, 3 years ago
    Now that HAS character!!
  25. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 3 years ago
    Es bellísima, luce fantástica! So pretty! :)
  26. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 3 years ago
    Thanks antiquerose! ¡gracias Virginia! :) So glad you like this one!
  27. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 3 years ago
    it is a really great gazelle! another resource i've been using for Italian pottery is the Facebook Page on Italian Pottery. you can get a lot of feedback from people - including some of the Bitossi family members.

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