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