Frieze Masters 2023
Friedman Benda | Booth G09
Ettore Sottsass [Italian, 1917-2007] produced by Il Sestante
Container (FF no. 328), 1959
2.75 x 14.5 x 6 inches
7 x 37 x 15 cm
The ancient, ritualistic resonance of the chalice, goblet or bowl form was to remain a consistent metaphor throughout Sottsass’ career. Through his exposure to other cultures, Sottsass had remained conscious of the universality of certain themes and forms to resonate within the human psyche. Drawing upon the theories of the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who had advanced the concept of the ‘collective unconscious’, Sottsass was able to develop forms and palettes that could be interpreted as ‘archetypal’, designed to reflect and to be invested with a cumulative human experience. Examples of this design were subsequently retailed by Il Sestante from 1960 as model 194, available with four glaze options.
— Ettore Sottsass Important Works from a Private Collection, Christie’s New York, December 2013, p. 17
Estate of Ettore Sottsass, Jr.
Fulvio Ferrari, Ettore Sottsass: Tutta La Ceramica, Turin: Umberto Allemandi, 1996, p. 87.