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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I would really like to know about my much loved piece-at least 50-60 years old, & inherited from my mother. It is quite an extraordinary piece for it's time & beautifully crafted. My job as a child was to dust it-such trust!
    i cannot see any other markings & as I have always had felt stuck on the base, I cannot see if there is an insignia here. I call it my 'shark' piece because it reminds me of these streamlined marine creatures. She possibly bought it in North Qld.

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Very cool.
      Could you post some more photos? Back, base (even if there is no marks)
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      Vi.Bi. was founded by Giuseppe Vallini (1925-1974) with Giuseppe Vaccon who wanted to produce, buy and sell artistic ceramics on May 3, 1952. It was started in Torino (Turin), via Talucchi 43.

      By July 1955 they had had so much success that the factory expanded to a new site at via Romagnano 37 and employed around fifty workers on the site.

      Working with them until 1956 were Mario Mesini & Mario Brunetti, who left Vi.Bi to set up on their own a new factory called "Ariele".

      In 1956 the company became a partnership and in September of that year Vallini was confirmed as artistic director of the company.

      In 1961 the factory again transferred to new premises in Strada Antica Collegno 196.

      In the Sixties the ceramist/decorator Elsa Lagorio worked there.

      The factory stopped production and closed down in 1972.

      "Il 3 maggio 1952 Giuseppe Vallini, in società con Giuseppe Vaccon, fonda una manifattura, la "VI.BI.", per la produzione, l'acquisto, l'importazione e l'esportazione di terraglie moderne, ceramiche d'uso e artistiche, con sede a Torino in via Talucchi 43.

      Nel luglio del 1955 la ditta, grazie al successo ottenuto dalla sua produzione, si ingrandisce arrivando ad occupare una cinquantina di operai e si deve trasferire nei più ampi locali di via Romagnano 37.

      In questi anni collaborano con la manifattura Mario Mesini e Mario Brunetti, che nel 1956 lasciano la "VI.BI." e fondano, sempre a Torino, la manifattura ceramica "Ariele".

      Nel 1956 la ditta si trasforma in Società in nome collettivo e nel settembre dello stesso anno il Vallini è confermato direttore artistico dell'azienda.
      Nel 1961 i laboratori della manifattura vengono trasferiti nella nuova sede di Strada Antica di Collegno 196.

      Negli anni Sessanta tra i collaboratori della ditta troviamo la ceramista decoratrice Elsa Lagorio.

      La fabbrica, che negli ultimi anni di attività marchia le sue ceramiche "New Style", interrompe la produzione e chiude i battenti nel 1972."
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 8 years ago
      It seems the Italians use the term "New Style" to describe the modernist pieces.

      As to the name V.I.B.I. - it might suggest two V's : Vallini & Vaccon.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      Clever man Vet!
      How did you identify this? VIBI is a new name to me and I don't know their work.
      I was leaning towards a fab bit of Ellis as this is in Oz.
    6. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 years ago
      Nice goin' Vetriao!!!
    7. clarke6, 8 years ago
      Really appreciate the info-thanks!

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