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Fan Tail Pigeon Blanc De Chine Figurine / Luigi Zortea, Bassano Italy /Circa Mid 20th Century

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    Posted 6 years ago

    mikelv85
    (1145 items)

    Thought this was a really nicely made bit of porcelain. A beautiful fan tail pigeon which was probably one of a pair. Lots of interesting marks inside the base along with an Italy impressed mark. Turns out this mark is for Luigi Zortea Bassono Italy. Still not sure what the P. V. stands for. This probably dates from the 50's or 60's -Mike-

    Luigi Zortea History
    Courtesy of Ebay Forums

    Luigi Zortea opened his studio in Bassano, near Venice, in 1912 and his family has kept the firm in operation through the 21st century. Zortea porcelain figurines of animals are the most collectible but all Zortea creations are fairly collectible. Zortea never reached the worldwide acclaim of Mollica or Cacciapuoti or even some of his neighbors such as Ronzan but this, in part was due to the small output of the studio and Luigi's inability to attract the attention of the larger importers. There are a number of collectors who concentrate on early Zortea pieces and some examples can cost hundreds of dollars. Unfortunately, the Zortea name is not widely known to the general collector and pieces often fail to sell for their true value.

    Walter Del Pellegrino

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    Comments

    1. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Bellissima!
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Grazie mille Karen :)
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      I had a bit of a look around for an Italian elephant hallmark, no luck on that, sorry, wish I could help. It is a lovely figurine! :)
    4. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      And now looking at the mark again, it looks different, and I seem to make out initials. Maybe a Z?
    5. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Katherine :)...the figures look like two rampant lions or dragons with long tails on each side of the tower with the initials L. Z. under it.
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Found it :)....... Luigi Zortea Bassano Italy . Not sure about the year this was made. Probably 1950's- 60's.

      http://www.ceramics.it/eng/ceramic-art/marks/zortea-luigi.html
    7. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      Nice ID, mike, sometimes it takes a bit of looking, doesn't it? Good for you! :)
    8. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Have to admit I wasn't trying very hard initially Katherine. I figured with all those marks it would pop up somewhere. Thanks again. :)
    9. Vintagefran Vintagefran, 6 years ago
      Great post Mike. Really interesting. I thought it was milk glass at first glance. Beautiful.
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Thanks Fran for the "love" and comment...he is a proud bird indeed. :)

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