Aldo Londi Design Mid Century Italian Pitcher
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This tall Italian pottery pitcher was designed by master ceramic artist Aldo Londi (1911-2003), artistic director for the Montelupo, Italy firm Manifattura Bitossi. Starting in the 1950's, Bitossi was on the cutting edge of postwar modern design. Large amounts of their ceramics were imported and distributed by the American company Raymor, whose motto was "MODERN in the TRADITION of GOOD TASTE." These pieces are usually identified as "made by Bitossi for Raymor." The mark hand painted in yellow on the bottom reads 8570 B (the model/decorating number) followed the word Italy.
The design motif on this heavy pottery piece is the Moroccan ogee shape, so it's commonly and logically dubbed Bitossi Moroccan. The method used to create the ogees on the rough, dark brown clay is the technically challenging wax-resist glazing technique. The ogee motifs are glazed black, surrounded by bare brown clay, which is then surrounded by whole and half white ogees. The handle, the upper third of the pitcher, the rim of the base and the bottom are all bare brown clay also. This was achieved by coating all those areas with wax, so the glazes did not adhere to those spots. The upper rim and the interior were glazed in a solid black.
The pitcher stands 11 1/2 inches tall, measures about 7 inches across from the tip of the small spout to the applied strap handle and stands on a 5 1/4 inch diameter base. The piece weighs 4 1/4 pounds and is in excellent condition with minimal wear. It's a great piece of midcentury modern Italian pottery.