While photographing this vase I started thinking about the technique description and realised this is a summary of Afro’s best skills. First, the side pontil technique. This is requires a good servente (probably Vidal) and a great team. The concentric pattern on both sides requires the pontil passage not on the axis (straight) but on a side. Second: the avventurina self-made murrina. Third: the filigree web, with bubble grid. Fourth: the two canes at the sealing point to get the small triangle that breaks the circles. Fifth: the hand shaping with pulling the tip. Six: the incalmo. Seven: the battuto on the triangles and nastrato on the back to highlight the front.
Base reads and other identifications, references: Signed by the artist. Rated 5 star. For the decade I assume this was made in polychromy times so I am safely indicating 2000/2009 but it could possibly be an earlier piece.
Measurements: Height 50 cm, 20″; width 28 cm, 11″; depth 15 cm, 6″.
Rating: ★★★★★ (for rating details click here)
Creator: Afro Celotto (Artist and maker)
Period: Mid-Century Modern
Place of Origin: Italy, Murano
Date of Manufacture: circa 2000-2009 or earlier
Materials and Techniques: Mouth-blown, hand shaped, sidepontil, Avventurina, Murrina, filigrana web.
Condition: Pristine. No aging signs detected.