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Zoomorphic vase, Santa Caterina (Italy, 1950s)

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..._ITALIAN DESIGN21 of 30Porcelain hands, Gio Ponti. Richard Ginori, 1930s.Anonymous porcelain zoomorphic vase (Italy, 1950s)
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This amazing vase was purchased in Sienna in 1985.

    Ceramiche S. Caterina opened its first workshop in Sienna in 1949, and since 1961 the studio is owned by the sculptor Marcello Neri. Looking at the few items I’ve been able to find from Ceramiche Santa Caterina online,and those in their website, the style of Neri doesn’t really fit with this vase. According to their website, “the studio has a vast selection of designs ranging from traditional Tuscan maiolica and terracotta to works typical of the Sienese Renaissance”. What makes me think this vase was produced before 1961.

    What’s really amazing about is not only its unusual shape, but the decoration and how it reminds of children’s drawings with wax crayons. It is got both a very abstract shape (which sometimes reminds me of an animal… a swan or a giraffe) and a totally abstract decoration.

    It is a big vase, standing around 35 cm. tall, and it’s signed SANTA CATERINA SIENA on the base.

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    1. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Very unusual. I like its shape, its the kind of thing which would catch my eye.
    2. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 7 years ago
      a stunner like usual
      where do you get all this wonderful stuff?
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks Fran and GTMOOM!

      Well, it seems they've been at home forever :) All the Italian pottery I'm posting came directly from Italy and were bought between 1979 and 1985.

      I am so glad you enjoy them!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      stunning!!!! very very beautiful!!!
    5. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      Wow, how interesting. Crazy cool shape!
    6. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thnaks, lovers! ;)

      Yes, Amber. You can put the blame on both the 50s and the always just-in-the-verge-of-craziness Italian design :)
    7. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 7 years ago
      Hi austrohungaro,
      I wonder if you can take a look & give your opinion at this piece of what i believe to be Italian pottery.
    8. cobaltcobold cobaltcobold, 7 years ago
      A sort of telephone receiver in a public telephone booth covered with graffiti, strange and poetic.
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      hahaha, cobalt! that's a weird description, but i can totally see it the same way :D
    10. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      looks like someone was haveing a fun day ,,, very nice ..
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      I guess the essential thing an artist must seek in his/her work is having fun :)

      Thanks for your loves Roycroft, cobald, fledermaus and Manikin!
    12. fledermaus fledermaus, 7 years ago
      Yes, this piece is awesome! 50's Italian Ceramics are among my favorites. I also love Salvatore Meli and Lucio Fontana. Wish I could find some of these.
    13. aura, 4 years ago
      You got beautiful items!!!
    14. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 4 years ago
      Thanks aura! we love living surrounded by beautiful stuff... only perhaps we've got too many of them :)

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