Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Aldo Londi for Bitossi. Blue Ceramic Penguin.

At least 2 years ago I hit a local yard sale and picked up a very cute blue ceramic penguin. It seemed kinda vintage but I really had no idea. I just liked the colors and thought it was cute.  $5?  Sure, why not.
 


It was not until today that I realized what I have is a 1950's Bitossi of Italy piece designed by Aldo Londi.  I realized this in a roundabout way: I was searching for Vitra miniatures and came across the site Unica Home.  I clicked on Vitra, then the Bitossi link and saw pieces that looked very similar to my blue penguin.  A little research and it was confirmed that what I have is the real thing. It seems he's worth around $150-ish.  Gotta love it! Not that I didn't already really like him thinking it was a random ceramic piece but it's pretty cool knowing it's a legitimate collectors item.  Problem is, now I'd like more. Check out some of the other pieces.....


C. 1955 Bitossi Rimini Blu Planter with Pecan Wood Stand Added by Raymor $595









Reproductions available @ DWR

2 comments:

Hunting Tigress said...

I love your penguin - how cool that it is a legit collectible! That planter is awesome and I'm digging the bull, too. Fun stuff!

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

GREAT find! A collection would be gorgeous. Pricey, but gorgeous.

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