Amazing Rare 1950's Mid Century Modern/Italian Modern/Atomic Design Large Hand-Painted Fruit Bowl By Mancioli, Designed by Gian Carlo Casini

My Covid Clearout Continues again this weekend, and I now have some Italian Mid-Century Ceramics coming up!

For sale here, is an Amazing Rare 1950's Mid-Century Modern/Italian Modern/Atomic Design Large Hand-Painted Asymmetric Fruit Bowl By Mancioli, Designed by Gian Carlo Casini.
A stylish and rare piece of Italian Post War MCM design with a sleek asymmetric shape and hand painted designs reminiscent of shells, sea creatures and also stars or starfish!

The shape of the fruit bowl is like an asymmetric curved triangular bowl, higher along one edge with two stubby feet underneath, and shows off the hand-painted design beautifully, it's almost a shame to cover it up by putting fruit in it!! Luckily there are also some hand-painted elements on the outside too!
It stands between 3 inches/7.5 cm and 4 inches/ 10cm tall and is 10 inches/25.5 cm in diameter at the widest point.
It is in excellent vintage condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or pattern loss, just slight wear at the edge in places, amazing considering that it dates to the 1950's. The printed back stamp says "Hand Painted in Italy by Mancioli" and then the pattern number GC.290 which is for Gian Carlo Casini.

I found this buried in the back of an antique shop in Kilkenny, gathering dust/grime and god only knows what else! My shopping partners couldn't understand what I saw in it, but I just knew it was special, even under the layers of grime!

A rare and unusual item, perfect for the collector of Mid Century ceramics, Atomic Design, Italian ceramics, or for any lover of Kitsch!

Now the history part!
The Mancioli company was founded in 1946 by Natale Mancioli in Montelupo, Fiorentino. The firm produced earthenware pottery in modern, traditional and rustic styles for the home. In the 1950's the company, under the direction Luciano Mancioli, son of the owner, began creating modern pieces designed by famous artists and designers including Ingrid Attemberg, Giorgio Bessi, Giancarlo Casini, Sergio Dello Strologo, Luigi Massoni, Nanni Valentini and Eva Zeisel for Raymor.
This Iconic midcentury modernist Italian pottery bowl was designed by Gian Carlo Casini, ( GC on the backstamp) a key postwar designer at Mancioli. According to Mark Hill’s book ‘Alla Moda – Italian Ceramics of the 1950s-70s’ page 192, his designs show the influence of Modigliani and Picasso.

Own a unique piece of mid century design history, for a reasonable price, you will never find another one of these!

Check out my other ads, and more coming soon! Discounts possible for multiple purchases!

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