Galileo Chini, ‘Midnight Orchids’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Galileo Chini, ‘Midnight Orchids’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery
Galileo Chini, ‘Midnight Orchids’, ca. 1900, Jason Jacques Gallery

Conventionalized orchids drawn in iridescence surround the bottom and neck of this vase. The identification of the highly abstracted ornament at the top relies on the easily recognizable orchids below. While iridescent pottery was the mode throughout Europe at the time of this vase's production, the style holds special significance for Italy, the place where iridescent tin-glazed majolica pottery proliferated in the Medieval and Renaissance periods.

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]

Italian, 1873-1956

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