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Ettore Sottsass Ceramic Vase,

Geology 1 Vase,

Numbered 9/12,

AS Alessio Sarri Ceramiche.

(Ref: NY9423DH-cilk)


This vase, designed by Ettore Sottsass, the founder in the early 1980s of the Memphis Group, is from the Geology series- this design is known as Geology, and is number as number 9 of only twelve pieces made.

The vase consists of alternating black and white ceramic blocks of color in a square format.

Dimensions: 16 1/2 inches square x 8 3/4 inches high.

Marks: This work is number 9 from the edition of 12. Signed and numbered to underside: [Ettore Sottsass A. Sarri 9/12]. Signed with stamped manufacturer's mark to underside: [AS Alessio Sarri Ceramiche].

Reference:  "Ettore Sottsass: And The Tower of Babel Was Also Made of Terracotta", Schöne, ppg. 134-135 illustrate forms from series Sottsass, King, Picchi, Sudjic, Zanot and Thome, ppg. 406-407 illustrates forms from this series.

For examples from the same series: Ettore Sottsass, Architect and Designer, London, 2006, pp. 117 and 138-139

Ettore Sottsass – AUCH DER TURM VON BABEL WAR AUS GEBRANNTER ERDE, exhibition catalogue, Hetjens-Museum, Deustches Keramikmuseum, Düsseldorf, November 6, 2011 – February 26, 2012, pp. 134 and 135

Patrizia Ranzo, Ettore SOTTSASS, Milan, 2011, p. 31

Philippe Thomé, SOTTSASS, London, 2015, pp. 406 and 407


16 1/2 inches square x 8 3/4 inches high. (41.91cm x 22.23cm)

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(Ref: NY9423DH-cilk)