Vintage Desimone Italy Handpainted Lidded Canister



A stunning piece of pottery from Desimone featuring a handpainted design of 'The King' and a very chirpy looking daisy in bold and bright colours. We believe this terracotta piece to be from the 1970's.

  • Condition 10/10. Excellent vintage condition with no chips or cracks
  • Measures 16cm high and 15cm wide.
  • Marked Desimone Italy 22/5 B.F on the base


"Giovanni DeSimone was born in 1930 in Palermo, Italy (Sicily) to a pair of Italian aristocrats. As a young child he traveled to Somalia, and his experiences there clearly stuck with him and inspired his life’s work, which demonstrates an appreciation of primitivism and the cubist movement that was popularized by Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin in the early 1900s.

DeSimone relocated to Emilia-Romagna following WWII (his family had been incarcerated in a concentration camp during said war; yikes), where he then enrolled in famed Istituto d’Arte per la Ceramica in Faenza. It was there he found his life’s calling; pottery became his passion. After completing his studies, he and his family returned to Sicily. Nostalgic for his native land now seen through adult eyes, Giovanni finally felt at home. It is here in Palermo that DeSimone meets the love of his life, Eliana, who eventually becomes his wife. Together they created three beautiful daughters, Susanna, Margherita and Rosita.

The DeSimone ceramics studio began in the 1960s and produced both dinnerware and serving pieces as well as decorative tiles and larger panels. During his most prolific period, there was anywhere from four to six artisans who worked for him and helped with production. The colors and themes were consistent throughout, though each decorator had their own sort of style. Giovanni would typically sign his work “DeSimone” in a location that would be visible without having to turn the piece over.

DeSimone passed away in 1991, but his legacy continues though his daughters Susanna and Margherita"


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