Utopia: Lost and Found /01 April 2008


Ettore Sottsass

vessels, set of three
Alessio Sarri Ceramiche
Italy, c. 1986
glazed ceramic
10 w × 10 d × 4¼ h in (25 × 25 × 11 cm)

Stamped manufacturer's marks to the underside of two examples: [AS Alessio Sarri Ceramiche Ettore Sottsass]. Glazed manufacturer's mark to the underside of one example: [AS Ettore Sottsass].

provenance: Berni, Parma, Italy

literature: Ettore Sottsass: Tutta la Ceramica, Ferrari, pg. 184 Ettore Sottsass: A Critical Biography, Radice, pg. 136 Ettore Sottsass Ceramics, Bischofberger, pg. 150

estimate: $1,200–1,500

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Ettore Sottsass 1917–2007

Ettore Sottsass is one of the most significant designers and architects of the late 20th Century, his bold and colorful, Post Modern aesthetic enlivening objects, furniture and interiors and influencing design around the world. Born in Innsbruck, Austria in 1917, Sottsass and his family moved to Turin, Italy in 1929 so he could study architecture at the Politecnico di Turino. He graduated with a degree in architecture in 1939 but he was called to serve the Italian army during World War II and he spent most of the war in a concentration camp. Upon his return in 1945, he worked for his father, Ettore Sottsass senior, an architect practicing in Turin, before relocating to Milan to curate a craft exhibition at the 1946 Triennale. 

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