Its always great to find out the maker of an item to give it more context and place in history. I had the striking modernist design plate for several years before selling it recently, and have recently found out its maker – SICA, Italy.
The information about its origin came thanks to the very well run facebook group Midcentury Italian Ceramic & Bitossi Collectors
The piece turns out to be made by SICA – Società Italiana Ceramica Artistica – which was founded in Nove, in the province of Vicenza in 1946. It split into 2 companies in 1969 after which the company split into “S.I.C.A.R.T” and “C.A.I.”. They produced a wide range or wares – often mistaken or misattributed as Bitossi – especially the figurines.
The example I had was part of the SICA production.
You can see a wide cross section of the wares made on the facebook group on this page
My favourites though are the modernist designs like the ones below which remind me so much of the painting and artwork of the 1960s.