Lot 144
  • 144

Ettore Sottsass

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
18,750 GBP
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  • Ettore Sottsass
  • 'Burma' Totem
  • signed Sottsass and numbered 6/20
    from an edition of 20
  • glazed earthenware, plastic laminated wood


Acquired directly from the producer by the present owner


Fulvio Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass: Tutta la Ceramica, Torino, 1996, p. 140, fig. 633

Catalogue Note

Ettore Sottsass launched his career in ceramics with no formal training or knowledge of the material, relying on the expertise of Aldo Londi, artistic director of Bitossi, to produce the designs he envisioned. 'When I designed my ceramics I couldn't ignore the existence of the local tradition, the colours and the materials, and even the fundamental idea of ceramics.' Sottsass visited India for the first time in 1961, and it was here he discovered rich colours, forms and ancient traditions that would influence his ceramic designs. Sottsass discovered that many objects found in India served a cultural, rather than functional purpose. Combining ancient materials with non-western religious practices, Sottsass desired to 'raise the object to the level if concentration so as to release it from its lesser functions...capable of stimulating by their presence the awareness of our own gestures.'