A fantastic earthenware vase by Galileo Chini. The decor consists of a lustrous, swirling underwater scene, with salmon swimming along the circumference of the lower body and flowing sea grass on the neck, executed in rich palette of dark blue, plum, and olive green. Three handles arching from the lip to shoulder are in perfect harmony with the curvilinear decor. A splendid example of the Stile Floreale in Italy.
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]