This colorful vase made by Galileo Chini uses eagles as the main decorative motif for this piece. With special attention paid on the birds’ wings, Chini depicts them on the topside of the vase, flying downwards, mouth open. Painted in green, bordeaux and yellow with a translucent glaze, the surface of the vase appears as highly textural. Oval abstract motifs painted in bordeaux cover the base of the object. This is a remarkable example of the work of Galileo Chini, an Italian ceramist and prominent follower of the Art Nouveau movement. His style, as demonstrated here, can be defined as highly colorful and relying on floral and animalistic patterns as recurring motifs.
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]