Pottery Markings and Identification

There are several different pottery marks and the challenge is to identify a marking as belonging to Bitossi, or not. To add some spice, not every piece that left the factories had a mark. And, some other companies have produced similar items.

So, it is helpful to consider the other ways in which the pottery may be identified:
 
1. Weight. Real Bitossi ceramics are rather heavy.

2. The underside of a typical  vase has a slightly hollowed and glazed center with an unglazed rim. Often the glazed center has a round swirly pattern. The exception sometimes being the underside of the slab vases which can be quite flat and unglazed.

3. Comparisons. After looking at several vases of the same shape and size, there is usually one which has the desired marking on it. This is one of the things which I hope to accomplish with the website, with the help of photographs.

4. Other pottery items with the same decoration.
You can often find vases, candle stick holders, bowls etc. which have the same colorings and patterns.

September 2012 update. I have added various other Bitossi items to the vase collection, as often, the same pattern appears on different objects, and so becomes an aid to identification. I have a large folder of vases which are in the "don't know if they are Bitossi" category, and hope that in time there will be clarification. The markings are still a mystery - sometimes they refer to the form of the vase, sometimes they refer to the decoration.
List of kind Ebay sellers who have donated their photographs:

1019klc
1uglychild
216way
9826ian
aki-lea
alamedaantiqueem
annee6706
aqua113
artvivendi
baby.dragon
belestar3, Bonnie Robinson
bonmatin80
bltjlaura
brigitte8577
calowl
camillehervier also at designclassics24eu
ceramicshop10
cevinski
ciaobye
clevelandfanbaseball

dustylucy27
earthen_beauty
eclecticix46
einrichten_ausrichten
est*1977
fireandflamede
glass-and-design
hardenedconcrete
heissesblechdach
hoboro99
jkcollectables0
just-fun-stuff
kaw-tn
kikininohio
kimackliquidation
kiwimiro
kodakmoments
mbouch
memobilia.design
modus-vivendi-zw
mortie53
oakstreetvintage
okmodavi
ornheim
pennyanny
pottery_mad
quentiques09
reallybigal
repeatsls
rescuedrelics
restallations
retrosymphony
rocket2retro
rowdypet
satori69modern
scrimshaw01
sticka
sweetamaro
sylviaschoice
taeglichamstrand
t-babes
thegaragecollection
thequeenofauctions
scrimshaw01
winckley
wiregrassauction
Update July 2011. Ebay does not appear to have the ability to distinguish between legitimate inquiries and spam, so I am no longer contacting sellers for permission to use photos. If you are unhappy with your photo appearing on this website, let me know and I will remove it. Of course, I hope that you will be pleased to share your photos for the benefit of everyone interested in Bitossi!


F A Q

1. Are you a pottery expert?
No - I have only been collecting Bitossi for a few years.

2. Can you tell me whether my piece is by Bitossi or not?
Sometimes - I need to learn a lot more.

3. Can you tell me the age of my vase?
Not at the moment. There appears to be no Bitossi Literature in any public or university library in Australia.

4. Do you know the value of my vase?
Most old ones are not very expensive, unless not many of a given type were made.
The more modern vases by Sottsass and Fornasetti and Rashid often command high prices.

5. What do the numbers on the underside mean?
This is another mystery that I am trying to solve. /25 means that the vase is about 25cm high. I was expecting to find that one series number would correspond with one vase, but I have found two instances so far, where the same number was used for quite different vases.

6. Are you part of the Bitossi Company?
No, just as admirer of their ceramics.

7. Disclaimer
I am not an expert and the information presented on this website is compiled to the best of my knowledge. I can take no responsibility for accuracy.



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