This Marcello Fantoni lava-glazed ovoid vase stands 7.75" high by 7" in diameter at its widest and a narrow 1.5" at the rim. It has a wonderfully ovoid full-bodied form with a nipple rim. Best of all, it is covered in a lava-like glaze. The under glaze colors are yellow, orange and brown, and the over glaze is a soft mat white, with copious yellow lava flecks suspended over the entire vessel, a fabulous glaze effect that screams Fantoni. The under glaze is drippy and randomly covers the lower half of the vessel, accented with white and lava yellow in suspension on the topside. This great mid-century vase is marked 'Fantoni' on the base, along with 'Firenze, Italy', which is simply 'Florence', Italy in Italian. It is in original studio condition, with the usual glaze nuances of hand made pots, but no apologies. This is an awesome fat lava-glazed MCM Fantoni pot, you will not be disappointed!
Born in Florence, Marcello Fantoni registered at the Institute of Art at Porta Romana in 1927 to attend the course The Art of Ceramics. He graduated in 1934 as a ‘maestro’ of art, and began working as a ceramist. In 1936 he established the Fantoni Ceramic studio.
His works can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Art of Boston, the Currier Gallery, the Syracuse Museum. In Britain they are in the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the City Art Gallery of Manchester, at Royal Scottish Museum of Edinburg. In Japan they are present at the Museum of Modern Art of Tokyo and Kyoto. In Italy they are represented at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, the National Bargello Museum and at the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi.
In 1970 he founded the International School of Ceramic Arts at his laboratory in via Bolognese in Florence where he continued to work and teach until his passing in 2011.