Italian ceramic lamp with scraffito cockerel motifProduced in the 1950's or early 1960's in one of the Fantoni-influenced art pottery studios that flourished in Italy during that period, the body of this elegant hand-made ceramic lamp is similar to a flattened rugby ball in shape and has a colourful cockerel design on one side and two freehand circles on the other, both using the scraffito outlining and enamel glazes that are so characteristic of Italian artisan pottery of that era. There are some small chips beneath the base but no other damage. The base is marked with the words "Sesto di Fiamma" and "Hand painted Italy" and the number 2489. The height of the lamp to the base of the bulb holder is 26cm (10.25 inches), its width is 13cm (5.25 inches) and its depth 9cm (3.5 inches). It is fitted with a European two-pin plug and an inline on/off switch, and takes a standard-sized screw fitting bulb (not included). The lamp is supplied with a modern shade covered in a muted green cotton fabric, and the overall height to the top of shade is 45cm.