FOR SALE from New Farm, Brisbane for AU $250 (approx. USD $179). This piece can be posted INTERNATIONALLY at cost price PLUS $3 for professional packing using recycled packing materials. We pick-up clean, used packing materials from an electrical retail store before it ends up as landfill. This listing also appears for people wishing to SELL similar vintage decorative arts pieces in iNVISeDGE. Our commission fees for decorative arts pieces are 5% to 18.5% depending on how much of our time you need from us.


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Currently AVAILABLE for sale from New Farm, Brisbane for AU $250 (approx. USD $179) or it can also be posted internationally.

Background Info and Provenance

A vintage Bitossi pottery vase / pot made in Italy in the mid – 1960’s. This one is stamped ITALY to the base with the pattern number painted under the glaze in black. The ITALY stamping was used after the early-1960’s. This is a recognised Bitossi marking- Italy painted in black under the glaze came first; this ITALY stamping was used between 1960 – 1970. This one is also definitely vintage because of the Liberty decor pattern.

The “Liberty” (Paisley-type) decoration was designed by Aldo Londi around 1963 for Bitossi and produced into the early 1970s. The patterning has a “free-flowing” essence- the usual Bitossi patterns are quite geometric and mathematical- this is a lot more creative. The other aspect of the design that impresses me is the hand-painted areas within the Liberty impressions.

There have been recent re-issues of Bitossi pieces but they are nothing like the vintage originals. The new ones are essentially plaster poured into a mould (a machine could do it and does). They don’t have the hand-made quality of the vintage pieces. There are some ebay sellers labelling the new pieces as “authentic” and “retro”. They are not authentic and certainly not retro- they are re-issues (copies) of the vintage originals. All the re-issues look exactly the same- all the patterns and decoration are identical on every piece. The “Liberty” pattern has not been picked up by the new manufacturers. If you look at this piece it’s very obvious it’s been hand-worked because it has tooling marks and the decoration has been impressed into the clay by hand. If you really look at the new “Bitossi” pieces you can see that the patterns have come out of a mould.

The investment appeal of this one is a no-brainer. The value of vintage Bitossi has surged in the last few years- some years it makes small gains and others (like 2020, 2021, 2022) increases in value are plainly obvious. I’ve followed the value of Bitossi pottery for 20 years- the value either holds steady or increases. I’ve never seen the value of vintage Bitossi pottery go backward.

If you believe artist jobs should be given to people and not machines consider investing in HAND-MADE art. When you do you’re not only bringing the creative energy of true artisans into your home you’re also helping to preserve our environment- items made in factories with chemicals and machines use more carbon and produce toxic by-products. Hand-made pottery is made with REAL CLAY (from the earth not a chemist!) and REAL PEOPLE.

Above all, the real beauty of owning vintage Bitossi pottery is knowing it won’t be in vogue for a couple of years or even one season before ending up as landfill. These 50 to 60 year-old pieces will continue to tell stories from one generation to the next.


This vintage Bitossi vase is in excellent condition considering its age and travels. There are NO structural cracks, NO repairs, NO chips, NO damage at all. It presents very well with light signs of age and use to be expected of any vintage pottery piece but nothing that's noticeable. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Measurements. Height- 20.5cm. Across at its widest-about 12cm. Weight- 843 grams. Read my 1200+ ebay feedback comments (ALL for vintage furniture/decorative art SALES- 100 or so are from repeat customers). This is your guarantee that I strive to describe all my items as accurately as I can and will not stock items unless they are in excellent condition.
PICK-UP . . . Pick-up in person from Brisbane must be worked out prior to purchase- thank you. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE is offered internationally. All our Decorative Arts pieces are delivered through AUSTRALIA POST. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ POSTAGE ESTIMATES. . . . ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ To BRISBANE- most of our pieces cost $15 - $18 to send. . . To SYDNEY or MELBOURNE- Small Vase- around $20 - $23, Medium Vase- around $20 - $25, Large Vase- around $25 - $30. Let us know if you need an EXACT COST for postage prior to purchase. The above postage estimates include $2.95 for a signature on delivery. . . INSURANCE against being lost or broken in transit up to the value of $200 is included in the estimates above. If your vase is cheaper or more expensive than $200 this will effect your postage fee slightly. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A BOXING FEE of $3.00 is included in the fee above to cover the cost of searching for and storing used packing materials. With the millions of cardboard boxes that end up as landfill every year we don’t believe in supporting the manufacture of boxes for post. Instead of buying new boxes and packing materials and passing this cost onto our customers we spend considerable time sourcing used boxes and then fashioning boxes to fit each item. We do the same for bubble-wrap and foam pieces. This requires a large investment of time, energy, ingenuity, organization and storage space- it is much easier and cheaper to buy new packing materials but I can’t justify taking the easy way out when so much packing material ends up polluting our earth. Our $3.00 charge does little to pay for the time (and storage) needed do this and to pack your item (there is also the time needed to get your package to the post office). This is something we’re happy to do for our customers and the environment. We appreciate your support in this area.
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