This small but seductive bowl is ornamented in mellow shades of blues, greens, and golds suggesting sunlight reflecting on a rippling river. It is easy to imagine it in a European boudoir, a subtle reminder of a Florentine holiday. Water, like smoke, hair, women's bodies, and blooming plants, lent itself well to the love of curves thus becoming a popular Art Nouveau subject. It was also a vital part of nature and suggestive of our evolutionary origins.
About Galileo Chini
Painter and ceramist Galileo Chini apprenticed with his uncle, Dario Chini, a decorator and restorer, and attended the Scuole Professionali d'Arte di Santa Croce a Firenze. In 1897, he founded a small factory, L'Arte della Ceramica, in Florence with partner Vittoria Giunta. Inspired by early tin-glazed earthenware, the work of oriental potters, and paintings by Gustav Klimt, Chini specialized in stoneware vases with luster decoration in rich colors. Despite the fact that L'Arte della Ceramica was a small factory with limited capacity, Chini made high quality pieces that had a profound effect on the style of Italian ceramics. [Source: Jason Jacques]