Ruffled Bottle

Pietro Melandri for Gio Ponti

12" H x 3.5" W

C0252

c. 1940

Description

Inventory Number C0252

Size 12" H x 3.5" W

Material Earthenware

Period Art Deco

Country of Origin Italy

Year Made c. 1940

Condition Excellent

This extraordinary ruffled wine bottle, with a rich luster glaze in silver, gold and blue highlights, resulted from the collaboration of Pietro Melandri and Gio Ponti, two of Italy's greatest decorative artists of the twentieth century. Melandri, trained as a painter, became interested in ceramics after the First World War. In 1933 he was favorably reviewed in Gio Ponti's design journal Domus. Beginning in the mid-1930s, Ponti contributed designs for the ceramist to fabricate. This design is radically different from Ponti's elaborately painted compositions for the ceramic manufacturer Richard-Ginori. The original paper labels are still in place.

Marks: Painted Melandri-Ponti, Faenza.

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