This allegorical vase is beautifully hand-painted with a princess and witch, each portrayed in classic Art Nouveau maiden style, in profile, with finely executed, flowing hair and delicate lips. The ladies are posed amongst a bed of yellow and pink roses. Much of Chini's work was influenced by paintings of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
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]