SUPERB OVERSIZED MID CENTURY ITALIAN OBLONG PLATTER

SUPERB OVERSIZED MID CENTURY ITALIAN OBLONG PLATTER

POSSIBLY ORIGINALLY INTENDED AS A HUGE ASHTRAY WITH ITS UNDULATING DETAILING TO EITHER END

EITHER WAY AN IMPRESSIVE PIECE ON DISPLAY

THE GLAZING ON THIS EXAMPLE IS A REAL “TOUR DE FORCE” FEATURING BOTH HIGHLY GLAZED AND THICK MATTE “FAT LAVA” LIKE TECHNIQUES

OFFSET AGAINST A CHOCOLATE BROWN BACKGROUND TO GREAT EFFECT

SUBJECT MATTER INCLUDES TWO MARTINI GLASSES, A WICKER COVERED CHIANTI TYPE WINE BOTTLE, CUT CITRUS FRUIT, CHERRIES AND A POLKA DOT BACKGROUND

SIGNED TO THE UNDERSIDE IN FREEHAND TEXT “HH ITALY”

THIS IS POSSIBLY AN EARLY FRATELLI FANCIULLACCI EXAMPLE FOR THE MID CENTURY AMERICAN STUDIO OF HOLT HOWARD WHO DID OUTSOURCE COMMISSIONS TO ITALIAN STUDIOS

MEASURING 375MM IN LENGTH BY 155MM WIDE BY 25MM HIGH

WEIGHING 800GMS

OFFERED IN EXCELLENT VINTAGE ORDER

CIRCA MID CENTURY ITALY

REF:- STUDIO

 

BROTHERS JOHN AND ROBERT (BOB) HOWARD MET A. GRANT HOLT WHILE ATTENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST IN THE EARLY 1940’S

LATER IN THE DECADE AFTER JOHN SERVED IN AND WAS WOUNDED IN WORLD WAR II, BOB GOT A MASTER’S DEGREE IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY AND GRANT DID POST-GRADUATE WORK IN SWEDEN, THE FRIENDS RECONNECTED TO LOOK INTO A BUSINESS THEY HAD ALWAYS THOUGHT ABOUT STARTING UP

WHILE HOLT WAS IN SWEDEN, HE SAW POTENTIAL IN A COUPLE OF CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS…. A PAPER STAR INTENDED TO HANG IN WINDOWS AND THIN METAL ANGEL CHIMES, CALLED ANGEL-ABRA, WHICH BECAME QUITE POPULAR

A COMPANY WAS FORMED

“HOLT-HOWARD” CERAMICS WERE A HIT WITH YOUNG MID CENTURY AMERICAN CONSUMERS WHO DIDN’T WANT THEIR HOMES TO MIRROR THOSE OF THEIR PARENTS

BOB HOWARD, A LONG TIME ARTIST, DID MANY OF THE DESIGNS AND SKETCHES, ALONG WITH A FEW OTHER ARTISTS

“HH” JOINED OTHER COMPANIES OF THE ERA IN LOWERING MANUFACTURING COSTS BY TAKING PRODUCTION OVERSEAS

THE MAIN SHOWROOM WAS IN NEW YORK, EVENTUALLY MOVING TO STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT

PERHAPS THE MOST ICONIC LINE OF HOLT-HOWARD CERAMICS WAS ITS PIXIEWARE RANGE, WHICH BEGAN IN 1958 WITH STRIPED MUSTARD, KETCHUP AND “JAM N JELLY” CERAMIC JARS WITH LIDS OR TOPPERS IN THE FORM OF FUNNY ELFIN HEADS

IN 1968, HOLT-HOWARD WAS BOUGHT BY THE GENERAL HOUSEWARES CORPORATION AND HEADQUARTERS WERE MOVED TO HYANNIS, MASSACHUSETTS

BY 1974, THE HOWARD BROTHERS AND A. GRANT HOLT HAD LEFT THE COMPANY TO PURSUE OTHER BUSINESSES

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