Pietro Melandri, ‘Distant Garden’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pietro Melandri, ‘Distant Garden’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pietro Melandri, ‘Distant Garden’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pietro Melandri, ‘Distant Garden’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pietro Melandri, ‘Distant Garden’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery
Pietro Melandri, ‘Distant Garden’, ca. 1920, Jason Jacques Gallery

Traditional in form, this charming vase is hand-painted with stylized flowers, stems, and buds that recall embroidered Persian textiles. The surface, luster glazed over a golden pearlized ground, resembles those of ancient, iridized ceramics. A miniature egg and dart border at the rim is a reference to antiquity. While a prisoner in Hungary during WorldWar I, Pietro Melandri became familiar with Vienna Secession ceramics and created his first pieces. In 9 8, after returning to Italy, he established the ceramics atelier where this nostalgic vase was formed and fired.

Signature: Marks: Painted artist's initials and cipher, Faenza, made in Italy

About Pietro Melandri

Pietro Melandri was born in Faenza, a city with a long history of ceramic production. Between 1897 and 1905, he was an apprentice at the Brothers Minardi workshop. He later moved to Milan where he worked as a decorator and attended evening classes in set design at the Brera. During WWI, while imprisoned in Hungary, he became familiar with the Vienna Secession and created his first ceramics. [Source: Jason Jacques]

Italian, 1885-1976, Faenza, Italy

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