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$ 4,400

Renato Bassoli Large Blood Orange Ceramic 'Sassi' Vase, 1950s

Documentation Documented elsewhere (exact item)
Origin Italy
Period 1950-1979
Materials glazed earthenware / ceramic
H. 6 in; Diam. 6 in;
H. 15.24 cm; Diam. 15.24 cm;
Condition Good. Presents beautifully with no issues to note beyond a small surface flake to glaze where the two surfaces meet. Please feel free to ask for any additional images.
Creation Date circa 1959
Description An orb-shaped glazed earthenware "Sassi" (stones) art sculpture / bud vase by Renato Bassoli (1915-1982). Deep, variegated blood orange in color with undertones of yellow and black at base, its top surface is formed on the bias and is punctured by nine holes of varying sizes. Finished in a high gloss, this is a striking and larger-than-average example of this design and it's signed to the underside as shown. Wonderful piece for the ceramics collector. *NOTE: this listing is for the red vase only. We have other Sassi available as pictured, please inquire with Satyricon.

A member of Lucio Fontana's spazialismo movement, Bassoli was a multi-disciplined artist with earlier career credits in both graphic and set design before moving on to sculpture, jewelry, furniture, and ceramics. The "Sassi" series, arguably that for which he's most instantly recognized, was first exhibited in 1959 at Il Sestante Gallery in Milan, and most recently in 2015 at the Triennale Design Museum. The simple yet compelling forms have scattered piercings (surely attributable to the spazialismo connection) and the glazes Bassoli used were from the celebrated French pottery region of Vallauris.

A translated excerpt from a 1963 issue of Artecasa magazine:

"Mostly, they are flower vases. High-fired ceramic vases, some with glossy surfaces, others opaque. They are bowls, cylinders of different diameters and heights, polished stones like those collected on river banks, their tops sprinkled with flowers. Different sized holes grouped and arranged as decoration with dried branches or cut flowers placed in them to create a sort of do-it-yourself Ikebana. However, these vases shouldn't just be considered as useful objects, but as sculptures, one-of-a-kind pieces, decorative objects suitable for the home and modern furnishings."
Styles / Movements Mid Century, Minimalist, Modern
Incollect Reference Number 278617
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