Designed by Aldo Londi, produced by Bitossi in Italy and imported by Rosenthal Netter, this very rare yellow pottery owl has an impeccable pedigree. Measuring 6 1/2 inches tall and about 7 inches across the belly (with a circumference of 22 inches), it has a base 5 inches in diameter. It weighs 3 pounds 10 ounces and is in outstanding condition, with no chips, crack, hairlines or flea bites and the colors still vibrant. The incised band of wild stylized flowers, done in shades of orange, brown and white glazes on a rough surface, are outlined and banded in black. It's a classic 1960's design.**
Master Ceramicist Aldo Londi (1911-2003) was Creative Director at Bitossi Ceramiche in his hometown of Montelupo, Italy, for more than 50 years. He created hundreds of designs at the height of the Mid Century Modern movement. Established by Guido Bitossi in 1921, Bitossi Ceramiche is still in business and is regarded as an iconic institution in Italian ceramics.
Alvin Rosenthal and Henry Netter formed a partnership in 1952 as an importer of giftwares from Italy, as well as from Turkey, China and India. This owl has a partial label of theirs on the bottom, instantly recognizable to collectors. The piece is also marked with the handwritten black number "70/16A" along with the word Italy stamped into the clay in block letters. This Bitossi pottery owl, in addition to being a "rare bird," is stylish and modern and thoroughly charming.
**Full disclosure: Linda had a mini-dress with this pattern--or one just like it.