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Bitossi Ceramiche 10.5 " "Rimini Blue" Cavollo (Horse)/Aldo Londi Design /Circa 1965

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I found this majestic steed hanging out on the showcase wall at Volunteer's of America this morning. Resembling ancient clay horses made in Greece, Rome or China I knew immediately that it must be a Bitossi pottery piece designed by sculptor Aldo Londi. The cashier said it had just been put out. I asked to see it and turned it over. A quick check under his belly showed the number 5000C and Italy hand written in black. Bingo it was all good ! "He's coming home with me !" I said. Done in an intense turquoise color called "Remini Blue" he stands 10.5" H x 10" W. He's also super heavy for his size about 5 or 6 lbs. There is also a larger version at 16" high referred to as "monumental" on 1stdibs site. The prices are monumental too for just about all of the Bitossi pottery they have . He's not perfect though. There's a tiny piece of glaze missing on the tip of his nose from an air bubble that broke. You can see the pin whole in the ceramic as well. An easy touched up as it's only surface loss if I should choose to restore it. I would imagine that it might effect the value a bit but not too much. Most of the auctions for these pieces seem to mention age related wear. This week seems to have turned out to be art pottery FTW !! -Mike-

    Bitossi History
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    The identity of Bitossi Ceramiche starts from the beginning of 1900’s and develops upon a productive ceramic tradition that existed in Montelupo Fiorentino starting from 1500. The Bitossi family business produces artistic ceramics, at least since 1871. It will be Guido Bitossi, heir to the ceramic tradition, to establish in 1921 the “Manifattura Maioliche Artistiche” featuring typical local craft works. The traditional production was renewed thanks to the Art Direction of Aldo Londi, a man attentive to the evolution of taste and with a natural born creative and aesthetical sense. The meeting with the architect Ettore Sottsass was of primary importance and it turned into a close collaboration with Londi for many years. Together they will give birth to successful lines which combined and magnified skill and genius. Bitossi Ceramiche still is in the original factory and it is still the destination for leading design characters who are fascinated by the historical value of the company and by craft production and create unique collections which are then recognizable in the nicest international shops. This attitude bound to the entrepreneurial skills developed throughout the years and to the constant research for quality product, helped to create its own identity for Bitossi Ceramiche, qualifying it as an example of Italian excellence.

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 8 years ago
      SSSssssssssuper Find Mike !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Rose :)...I've been wanting one of these for ages...Who would have thought that this would just show up right in front of me while paying for some picture
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Thomas :)....he's a real thoroughbred !
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Here's the link to 1stdibs...impressive pedigree !
    5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 8 years ago
      Kismet, Mike. I see we both found horses today, but mine looks like a balloon horse from the carnival ride....LOL!
    6. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 8 years ago
      this is GREAT!!
    7. Emme Emme, 8 years ago
    8. OneGoodFind OneGoodFind, 8 years ago
      That's amazing mike. You are on a roll. Lucky duck. :)
    9. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      What a great find! Love it.
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks so much for the "loves" and comments....Ho2, Emme, OGF, and Karen...I can't believe it myself...what are the odds !
    11. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Ken :)....I don't know it's weird. Everything is so empty and then BAM !! Things just show up out of nowhere. Just glad I was there. Right place right time ! :)
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 8 years ago
    13. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks Elisabethan :)
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 years ago
      Great going Mike! Are you still shaking??? I love when stuff like this happens... Does FTW mean for the week?
    15. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Every time I look at it but now comes the empty handed days. You have to pay the dues when it comes to a find like this. Nothing is going to top it for a while I'm afraid. It was art pottery "For The Win" that day for sure ! :)
    16. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 8 years ago
      Ahhhh! Ok then ;) Well, I was sorta close and you have to just stay positive, I do know how it goes tho but knowing your luck, I don't see it being to long of a wait. Maybe you've already done most of the waiting you need to do, right?!?
    17. Rick55 Rick55, 8 years ago
      Such a proud, powerful stance with beautiful colors Mike! Congrats!
    18. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Thanks so much Rick :)'s been a while. Hope all is well .
    19. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the"loves" vcal, Mrstyndall, Trey and anyone else I've missed after all these years :)

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