This allegorical vase is beautifully hand-painted with a two woman chatting one portrayed in classic Art Nouveau maiden style, in profile, with finely executed, flowing golden hair and delicate lips where as the other is portrayed in prayer with a serious subdued face and intricate scarf head covering inspired by Italian Maiolica patterns. The ladies are posed against a yellow back speaking with a exaggerated iris wafting between them. Both the coloring an the frieze of simple white flowers on the top and base of the vase are inspired by Traditional Maiolica War.
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]