Rectangular guitar and lute vase from San Marino, Italy
This vintage rectangular ceramic vase was hand-made in San Marino, Italy in the 1960s or 1970s, and uses the Fantoni-style scraffito outlining and high-gloss glazes associated with the San Marino pottery studios of that period. Two different stringed intstruments appear on opposite sides of the vase – one a guitar accompanied by a short blue wine glass on a green table, and the other a lute (or perhaps a bouzouki, laouta, oud or saz) with a tall green wine glass on a blue table. The other two sides display a large green rectangle. There are several tiny (1mm diameter) fleabite glaze chips to the top rim, but no other damage. The vase is marked on the base with the word Italy and the traditional three mountains San Marino logo. Its height is 15.5cm (a little over 6 inches), and its width and depth are both 7cm (2.75 inches).