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Petra on pottery

featuring West German art pottery, Fat Lava and more 20th century ceramics

I turned out collecting some Italian pottery next to my German collection, because when looking for German pottery I noticed these vases that looked German, but where somehow a bit odd. These turned out to be Italian. Italian and German vases from the 1950s can look alike, but there is something about the choice and combination of colors and the ‘looseness’ of the decor in Italian pieces that hints at a different origin. Also Italian pottery makers in the 1950s more often seemed to favor texture for their pieces and a figurative decor rather than abstract patterns. But these are hunches. I know way too little about Italian pottery to make any general statements.

I do find it harder to get hold of good Italian pieces. Either they are way too expensive because Fantoni made them (or someone close to that) or they are just not that good (not even good kitsch). But every once in a while I stumble upon something well worth my while, like the vases in this post.

These were made by the Fanciulacci Brothers (Montelupo, Italy) and they are simply super. The pieces are decorated with a combination of an unglazed chamotte clay and incised figurines with colored glazes. You can find this in several decors of which two varieties are shown here (front and back).


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