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Vase (FF. 240)

Ettore Sottsass Italian, born Austria

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Sottsass began designing ceramics in 1956 at the request of Irving Richards for his New York imports company, Raymor. Richards connected Sottsass to the art director of Bitossi, Aldo Londi, who introduced Sottsass to the intricacies of the medium. Ceramics soon become a lifelong obsession. While Sottsass’s initial vases were not a commercial success, they allowed him to experiment with color and design. This piece, from his series Reels and Isolators, are examples of his early interest in archetypal forms. It demonstrates the continued influence of Austrian and German geometric abstraction on his work.

Vase (FF. 240), Ettore Sottsass (Italian (born Austria), Innsbruck 1917–2007 Milan), Ceramic

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