GIOVANNI DE SIMONE " Orlando il Saladino " Early Abstract Italian / Sicilian Pottery 1960s

  • Creator / Artist / Designer:Giovanni De Simone (1930-1991)
  • Signature / Monogram:Signed "DE SIMONE" + inscriptions
  • Period:20th Century / Mid Century / 1960s 
  • Country of Origin:Sicilia
  • Dimensions (H x W x D):27 x 28 x 3 cm
  • Weight:4 Kg
  • Condition:Excellent
  • Style:Abstract / Fauvist 
  • Material:Earthware / Pottery / Ceramic
  • Price:SOLD

  • Belgium Delivery:Free
  • International Delivery:On request

GIOVANNI DE SIMONE Abstract sicilian / italian pottery (ceramic) from the 1960s, bas-relief by Giovanni De Simone.
Signed and titled on the back "Orlando regide la testa al Saladino di fronte ad Angelica". which means "Orlando cuts off Saladin's head in front of Angelica".
Also bears the label of the workshops in Palermo (see image).

His original works are quite rare, unlike the family production which is still active today.


G. De Simone was born in 1930 in Palermo in Sicily, during his childhood he will travel with his parents in Somalia, which will inspire and upset his primitive work.
The "De Simone" Ceramic Workshop started its activities in the 1960s, producing tiles and larger decorative panels, later crockery and serving pieces.
He was inspired by Pablo Picasso, Fernand Leger and Henri Matisse and Gauguin whose influences are obvious, primitive abstract ceramics see Fauvists, his bright colors .... He represents scenes of Sicilian folk art.
DeSimone died in 1991, but his legacy continues through his daughters Susanna and Margherita, who operate La Fabbrica della Ceramica; still located in Palermo, Sicily. Their work is very inspired by the creations of their father...

GIOVANNI DE SIMONE " Orlando regide la testa al Saladino di fronte ad Angelica " astratto ceramiche siciliana, anni '60s