I picked up this stunning Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase recently. A hard to find design….here anyway.
This hand decorated piece has an exquisitely detailed design consisting of bands of sgraffito (drawn lines), a top band of multi coloured glossy flowers, which have been applied thickly like enamel.
There is a green leaf repeat pattern near the base, along with a charming trellis and beautiful little white enamel dots over the piece.
The base glaze has a very luxurious and tactile, sand like texture often found on Fratelli pieces.
Inside it is glazed gloss with a nice touch of a delicate yellow splatter design inside near the top.
This pattern appears in Mark Hill’s book Alla Moda on p124. There seem to be a number of variations of the form. This one tapers from a round base to a rectangular top, and is 21cm tall.
Marked “Italy 8117” to the base.
Fratelli Fanciullacci Tapering Vase, Italy 1950s
Fratelli Fanciullacci Vase, Italy 1950s, Base Shot
This striking FF vase c1950s came into my hands recently. The piece features a band around the pot of stylised reclining nudes, in the style of ancient Roman friezes.
With each piece of pottery in this design the frieze was hand carved, making each piece different and unique. Other examples of this FF design can be seen in Mark Hill’s book “Alla Moda” on p118.
The frieze has been overpainted with a clear glaze, showing the natural flesh clay colour underneath.
The remainder of the surface is a cream coloured glaze with tightly incised sgraffito lines. Inside is a clear glaze on the naturally flesh coloured clay. It is about 25cm tall.
Fratelli Fanciullacci c1950s
The brothers Fanciullacci was prolific Italian pottery, who's work is starting to become more widely known in the past few years, and is keenly sought amongst collectors.