I have a small selection of Bitossi that has been hanging around, just waiting for me to research it. Most of it is Rimini Blu, but there are a couple of pieces that sit outside the traditional deep blue colour most commonly associated with Bitossi. Included in the haul are two lamp bases, two blue pots, one orange pot, and two Bitossi animals, the yellow dachshund really is quite cute (see photos in gallery below).
But what's it all worth? Well there's a lovely little book on Italian ceramics from the 1950's - 1970's (Alla Moda) available from http://www.markhillpublishing.com/books/ ready to help you with all those prices. It's actually a great book and I highly recommend it, it features all-sorts of ceramics from Italy including Fratelli Fanciullacci, Fantoni, San Marino, Gambone and a few others. It's a beautifully laid out book with lovely photographs and plenty of information on the makers, plus a whole gallery of images with plenty of in depth information on key pieces. Another notable source of information for ceramics of all types and glass too is http://www.20thcenturyforum.com The site also deals in lighting, furniture and decorative arts. This is of course a forum so I would recommend cross referencing any advice given here with books and other sources.. Of course to use this you need to register to the forum and upload photos and details of your item and then wait for a reply.
So what's my lot worth? Well according to the handy price guide included in the book the blue pots have an estimate of £20 - 30, although I have seen people selling them for more. The orange vase (siviglia colorato), has a better estimate of £60 - 80. These are of course top end prices for pieces in mint condition, additionally these prices were of course correct at the time of publication (2012) but of course prices can vary according to 'market demand', desirability and of course condition.
Sadly I can't find my dog or dove so I'll have to do some alternative research on these, but the animals (featured in the book) vary widely in price ranging from a reasonable £50 up to a huge £600, but this really depends on what you have. . No reference to the lamps either, so I'll have to do some research elsewhere on those.
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