Italian Modern Art Pottery 1950s Pitcher, Fratelli Fanciullaci Attribution
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This cheerful, charming pitcher was hand made and hand painted in Italy and dates from the 1950's. The clay was painted with pale grey--a fave 50's color---including the strap handle and the inside of the pitcher. Then the fun began: squiggles of white slip cascading down the sides, interspersed with skinny dark blue vertical lines topped with ovals of pink, yellow, blue and green that resemble feathers, creating a lumpy textured surface. The upper rim is decorated also, painted with cobalt blue dots and dashes and having a small pulled spout. This pitcher personifies the optimism and modern design of the middle of the twentieth century.
The bottom of the pitcher is unglazed and bears a mark hand inked in black: the letters NSP surrounding a triangle. Below that are the words "HAND PAINTED ITALY." It's our understanding, although as yet unverified by actual documentation, that NSP was an American importer in the 1950's through the 1970's. We are attributing this pitcher to Fratelli Fanciullacci, based on colors, decorations and the iconic way "Italy" was written. The brothers Fanciullaci really had their fingers on the pulse of post-war design and America was the primary country of export.
Standing 6 3/8 inches tall, the pitcher has a round mouth 5 1/2 inches in diameter and a 3 1/2 inch diameter base. It weighs 1 3/4 pounds and is in outstanding condition, with no flaws, the colors bright and fresh. Fully glazed on the interior, this pitcher can hold fresh flowers or just sit and look jazzy.