by Erica



Pottery Mark - CERAMICA FRANCO POZZI:- I am going through my china and porcelain stuff to see what to keep and what to throw out. I have had this plate, 6½" in diameter, for over 55 years. It is in perfect condition, no chips or cracks. Would like to know if anyone can tell me something about the maker of this plate.

The stamp underneath is a crown above a triangle with rounded corners and a Lions head inside the triangle.

The writings are;
CERAMICA FRANCO POZZI over the tp, and GALLARATE, ITALY underneath. Also, decorazione originale
disegno e colori

Thank you for your interest in helping me.



Peter (admin) says about 'Pottery Mark - CERAMICA FRANCO POZZI'

Dear Erica

I am not familiar with CERAMICA FRANCO POZZI Gallarate but when I looked them up they seem to on the face of it to have some interesting design philosophy and very original concepts.

Another claim to fame is the fact that the son of the founder, Ambrogio Pozzi, is an artist/designer working on contemporary designs within Italian art and ceramics.

I don't know how well regarded this artist is or how closely he worked with the Franco Pozzi brand, but here is what an Italian gallery catalogue said about him (very badly translated):-

    "Ambrogio Pozzi, is a leading figure of ceramic design of the second half of the 20th century - a strange and singular figure also emerges from the exhibition
    presented here concentrated.

    Why strange? First, he one of those very few artists were born into the shop (his father had founded the Franco Pozzi Ceramica in Gallarate).

    Some artists have the unique characteristic that they know the material with which they operate from within, having taken over at a young age, shaped and reshaped until the hand, mind and matter coincide in the production process.

    From this precise identity was inseparable, even when the design makes use of pencil on paper rather than cherished object".

Well, there you have it.

I spotted a modernist table lamp sculpture (1967) designed by CESARE CASATI, (B. 1936) which sold at auction in 2010 for $6,000 USD, manufactured by Ceramica Franco Pozzi, Italy.

Other stuff which looked equally as interesting, but had no specific artist association and so therefore in terms of collectability is a bit more run of the mill, was selling for $100 - $200 or less, so I don't know if the higher prices have to have an association with a famous artist, and Pozzi are merely the manufacturer so to speak, if you see what I mean.

So you decide whether it's a keeper or a chucker, my thoughts would be "keeper", I think at this stage.

Thanks for your interesting query

Best regards

Peter (admin)

p.s. The following page is a 'must see' if you are researching fine china - for value and identification:-

Researching the identity and value of antique and vintage fine china.

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not so run of the mill
by: Jim Van Leemput

Dear Peter and Erica,
Maybe Ceramica Pozzi is run of the mill but they made great pieces designed by Gio Ponti whom you can hardly call run of the mill. Your plate might well be one of Ponti's designs and in that case I would keep it.
it is worth while researching.

best regards
Jim Van Leemput


Further comment by Peter (admin)

The more I find out, the more I realise not knowing about Franco Pozzi is a missing part of my ceramics education. Giò Ponti is an artist, ceramicist and architect I admire greatly - I believe he almost single-handedly invented the way modern designers now look at the world.

Ettore Sottsass, Enrico Baj, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Tullio Pericoli are other important designers Franco Pozzi worked with..... So an important studio and definitely a 'keeper'.

Franco Pozzi Ceramica Domino game
by: Anonymous

I have found what looks like may be a game of Franco Pozzi domino gam.., There are 28 pieces which are yellow blue and red.
I was wondering if anyone knows anything about this.

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