Friday, 22 April 2016

Italian Art Pottery - Deruta

Who made this ??


It's an Italian art pottery model of a green donkey pulling a brightly coloured cart. Nothing usunual about that, I hear you say - other than it's size. Normally seen as small models about 10cm long and bought whilst on holiday in Italy - many potters would and still do make them, many are poor quality whilst others have a controlled naive quality, as if a very good potter is trying to dumb down !! This one has a bit of that but is really only unusal because of it's size -- 34cm long ??

The is a pencil price on the underside of 32/6 does this mean 32 shilling and 6 pence ?? - that was quite a lot.


... and also a painted makers mark of "40003 Deruta Italy"

What does this mean and who made it ?How do I interpret this mark - Deruta is a town in the Umbria region of central Italy renown for it's maiolica tin glazed pottery but what does the 40003 stand for ? Is it a pattern number or perhaps a telephone or postcode? Any help ??

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Industria Ceramica Salernitana ICS - Italian Art Pottery


Here is a recently bought Italian studio or art pottery lamp base decorated with an African safari theme of motifs, including; elephant, zebra, giraffe, native shields and stick like plants.

I say "recently bought" - but not recently discovered !! as this lamp had been languishing unloved in a not too far away antiques for years. I had looked at it before and recognised the marks but was put off by the ugly faded chrome fittings that had been plastered to the top !! urgghhh what people will do, thinking that it would improve something.

.... anyway; at last I was brave enough to buy it and try to remove the plaster. Expecting hours of trouble and the chance of total failure - wrong - I simply soaked it and wow except for a tiny chip on the top rim - perfect and 1000 times better.

But what is it you scream ?? Surely it's some naive school pot that doesn't deserve your time.


Well actually it not and really quite interesting - the on the underside is a little fish with the initials I.C.S, which as I understand, is an acronym for Industria Ceramica Salernitana.

This factory founded in 1927 by the German businessman, Max Melamerson in Marina di Vietri in workshops previously used by the potters "Della Monica". This region of Italy had a strong German influence and refered to as the so-called "German colony of Vietri". Much of technical and artistic talent was from overseas, including; the technical collaboration of the German, Gunter Stüdemann and from Russians such as the painter Liesel Oppel, ceramic sculptor Lothar Eglive, the modellers Hilde Ramberlieg , the painters Olga Daibes , Amos Marianne and Elisabeth Schveizer , the potters Pieschen , Irene Kowaliska and with ceramist Richard Dolker as artistic director.
 
Among Italians working in the manufacture, among others, Guido Gambone , Vincenzo Procida and his son Salvatore , John Carrano , Francis Solimene and John Falcone .
 
Pottery made in the thirtiesoften has naïve and highly simplified patterns and generally two-tone. There follow a period of expansion and by 1933 they were able to exhibit at the Salernitana II Art Shows and several times at the Milan Triennale.

In 1935 the post of artistic director of manufacturing is assigned to Guido Gambone (1909-1969), a name revered by Italian art pottery enthusiasts as the creator of some the more individual and iconic "modern" Italian ceramics.


 I do not know who designed or modelled this lamp or how to accurately date it - it has quite a Wiener Werkstatte feel to it - almost Suzi Singer - still a little bit enimatic.......


References
www.archivioceramica.com/fabbriche/IJ/I.C.S..htm

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Jean Hardy - Watercolours

Well... here I am back again returning to an old subject !!

The boudoir art of the French artist "Jean Hardy" - To see the original post CLICK HERE


I have been contacted by a collector who has found a watercolour painting by Jean Hardy together with an unsigned painting that looks to be by the same hand.  A typical subject of a pretty girl in a fancy dress wearing those pointy high heeled shoe that can be seen in many of his etchings.

Over the year, I have not come across any watercolours by this artist and it is good to see that he didn't limited his talent to just etchings. Many of these "boudoir artists" were also commercial artist producing art and illustrations for periodicals, magazines and advertisements... perhaps these were created for such a purpose ?



The "Spanish Lady" painting is signed "J Hardy October 1924" - which reinforces my original assessment of this artist's active period.

Have another look at my original posting to see more pictures by this artist... and go out and try a find some for yourself. There are plenty of postcards out there, fewer etching but how many paintings ??

Thanks to Stuart for letting me use his images.