Vintage Bassano Pottery Marks: Dating And Value Guide

We all identify popular brands with their logos, right? But, if a brand has around ten different logos, things will get confusing. This is the biggest challenge collectors face while identifying old Bassano Pottery!

Bassano pottery has many marks, like brand logos, factory, and artist marks, each with a different script and design. That’s why it often gets difficult for collectors to understand them and identify the REAL, branded Bassano pottery from the lot!

This guide will help you understand all the important markings and signs to identify a valuable vintage Bassano piece. From company logos and material marks to location marks, learn everything about spotting the real deal Bassano pottery!

Key Takeaways

  • Authentic Bassano pottery marks aren’t flat; they have overlapping, uneven strokes and blurred, raised edges with die marks.
  • Old & Authentic Bassano Pottery has an embossed or etched trademark, either the brand’s name or a location mark on its base or lid.
  • Vintage Bassano Pottery has four types of material marks for glazed clay, underglaze clay, maiolica, and ceramics next to the brand marks on the base.
  • Old Bassano pottery sells for $20 – 500, with higher values, over $8,000 for large, artist-signed models.

History & Evolution of Bassano Pottery

Vintage Bassano ceramic is a high-quality white clay, quartz, and feldspar pottery from Bassano del Grappa, Nove, Italy. Initially, this pottery was sun-baked, but with time, makers switched to new kiln-firing and design techniques, leading to the following history:

  • 17th Century (1600s): Giuseppe & Antonio Bassano started making functional bowls, pitchers, and plates from their locally mixed ceramic & blue and yellow glazes.
  • 18th Century: The Remondini family introduced Bassano maiolica – a thick, floral pottery with hand-painted or stenciled designs, figurines, and bold glazes.
  • 19th Century: Bassano potters shifted to European aristocratic tiles, figurines, colorful landscapes, and designs. They even formed a local Bassano potter union, which, at its peak, had 500 artisans and over 50,000 Bassano products!

Today, Bassano has moved to contemporary, polychrome porcelain pottery but is made by many workshops, of which the Bassano Ceramiche, Dal Pra, and Zortea form a majority!

How to Identify & Date Vintage Bassano Ceramics

You can identify old Bassano pottery by the die-cast, slightly raised brand logos and material, factory, mold, and artist marks on its base.

Let’s study all those marks and their stamping dates in detail:

1. Bassano Pottery Marks & Stamps

One of the most prominent and easy-to-spot features of old Bassano Pottery is its marks on the base or lid. This mark can either be a logo or a trademark.

Now, the authentic marks won’t be clear; they’ll have some overlapping, uneven strokes or hand-stamp marks with blurry edges. I’ve also noticed that most use blue, green, red, and brown glazes with a die-cast or rubber edge for a glazed look.

Besides, these marks evolved over the years. For instance, the earliest Bassano ceramics from the 1700s used a simple ‘B’ mark, while the 1960s models used a complete brand and location mark, making it a vital dating factor!

I’ve hand-drawn the nine most popular Bassano Pottery marks with their active years for your reference:

Vintage Bassano Pottery MarksManufacturing YearsBassano Ceramics Age
Early 1700s Bassano Pottery MarkEarly 1700s224 – 323 years
Bassano Pottery Logo from 1800 - 19001800s – 1900s123 – 223 years
1920 Bassano Pottery Script Logo1920 – 193093 – 103 years
1950 Bassano Pottery Trademark1950 & OnwardsOver 70 years
Vintage Bassano Ceramics Logo from 1960 - 19701960 – 197053 – 63 years
1972 - 1995 Bassano Pottery Embossed Logo1972 – 1995 
(Embossed Logo)
20 – 50 years
Bassano Pottery Logo in the 1980s1980 & OnwardsAround 40 years
1995 Bassano Pottery Printed Logo1995 & Onwards
(Printed Logo)
Over 20 years
Vintage Bassano Pottery Trademark from 19951995 & OnwardsAround 20 years

But if you aren’t able to read your Bassano pottery’s mark clearly, the following year-wise features may help you in identifying and dating it:

  • 1700 – 1800s: Inspired by the on-trend Rococo movement, Bassano made simple, white clay floral designs with red, yellow, and green glazes & hand-stamped marks. Popular products from the era include plates, vases, and pitchers worth over $6,000.
  • 1820s: Bassano potters shifted to maiolica – white, glossy pottery with a brown tin glaze for different wall hangings, inkwells, tureens & scent bottle collections.
  • 1850s: The brand introduced neoclassical pottery – high contrast, black and white pottery with die-stamped, elaborate hangings, scent bottles, and tea set designs.
  • 1900s: You can identify these early 20th-century figurines, centerpieces, and souvenirs by their bright, modern designs, transfer-stamped logos, and porcelain or stone accents. Usually, these sleek, decorative models cost up to $1,500 today!

Avoid using harsh or abrasive cleaners with old Bassano products, which may stain the marks and make them unreadable.

2. Maker Marks

Apart from the brand marks, I’ve often found Italian ceramic artist signatures on the bases or sides of some of the earliest Bassano pieces from the 1800s—1900s.

Most are transfer-stamped (printed), but a few rare, limited-edition ones might have embossed signs. Here, I have replicated some of the signatures just for identification.

Vintage Bassano Ceramic Makers Mark
Pre 1900 Bassano Pottery Artist Mark
Old Bassano Pottery with Different Artist Signs
Vintage Bassano Ceramic Designer's Mark
Bassano Pottery with Italian Ceramic Artist Signatures
1800s Bassano Pottery Artist Mark
Artist's Signature on Old Bassano Pottery Vase
1800 - 1900 Bassano Pottery Artist Signatures

In contrast, post-1900s molded porcelain or factory-clay figurines have a stamped factory mark, indicating their plant name, quality & workshop location. Here are some of those:

Vintage Bassano Pottery Factory MarksBassano Pottery Workshop Name
Bassano Pottery with a Zotea Workshop MarkLuigi Zortea Workshop
Vintage Bassano Ceramics with Different Factory MarksLuigi Zortea Workshop
Bassano Pottery Two-Lion MarkLuigi Zortea Workshop
A Gotfinghen Collections Mark on Old Bassano PotteryGottingherr Collections
Old Italian Bassano Ceramic Factory MarkBassano di Nove
Bassano Pottery with a Manardi Factory MarkManardi Workshop
Different Types of Factory Marks on Old Bassano PotterySimone Marioni Workshop
Bassano Pottery with a Ceramiche ABC Manufacturer MarkCeramiche ABC

All the above factory marks are hand-drawn, referring to verified Bassano products, only for quick identification reference.

3. Pottery Materials & Material Marks

Antique Bassano Pottery Patterns

You can spot any 1900s – 1960s Bassano pottery by its polished, white clay, maiolica, or porcelain sides and bulbous or spherical shapes. Besides, they might use synthetic, over-glazed paints with etched gold and silver leaf designs on either side.

Besides, I always find an embossed material mark on all old Bassano models, along with the brand mark on the base. I created a compiled, hand-drawn reference list of such marks below:

Vintage Bassano Pottery Materials Featured Marks
Bassano CeramicaVintage Bassano Ceramica Mark
Underglazed Raw Clay (1970s)Vintage Bassano Ceramics with Differnet Material Marks
Glazed Raw Clay (1999 & Onwards)Bassano Pottery with a Glazed, Raw Clay Mark
MaiolicaA Maiolica Crown Mark on Old Bassano Pottery

But forged Bassano Pottery has no material marks and painted motifs. Instead, it might have some polished stoneware or plastic accents on either side.

4. Mold & Tally Marks

Apart from the different pottery marks & local Italian ceramic artist signatures, old Bassano pottery has embossed mold numbers, either on the base or the walls. While there is no such mold mark guide, most of the collectible ones, I believe, fall between 400 – 2000.

Besides, some 1700s Bassano lots might have tally marks, usually indicating the artisan’s number and designation on the base.

For example, an old Bassano vase with a four-tally mark indicates that the youngest artisan made it. So remember, the fewer the tally marks, the more detailed and valuable the pottery!

How to Spot Fake Bassano Pottery: Marks & Features

Real Ceramiche ABC Factory's Bassano Pottery

With so many forged Bassano pottery models circulating in the market, finding the old and authentic ones can be confusing, right?

Well, not anymore! Here’s an easy, fool-proof features list that will help you identify the REAL & VALUABLE Bassano pottery models quickly:

  • Original white clay (kaolin), porcelain, or maiolica sides with thin, tin glazing
  • Hand-painted mythology, natural, Art Nouveau, and geometric designs
  • Coarse, handcrafted texture with bumps, pits & other irregularities
  • Slightly raised & die-cast marks
  • Heavy; weighing over 200 – 800 grams

Vintage Bassano Pottery Value Guide

Like other antiques, old Bassano pottery’s value depends on its condition, packaging, and artist signs. Most common Bassano Italy pieces sell for $20 – $400, just like this tureen and platter pair that sold for $400 on eBay!

On the contrary, rare Bassano pieces might fetch more, even up to $8,000 for designer and limited-edition models. Some popular examples include the Bassano Ceramic Cherubs, Italian Hippo, Art Nouveau Jug, etc., which are worth $1,500 – $8,000 today!

Obviously, Bassano Pottery’s value changes with its types: large figurines and jardinieres cost much more than small plates, bowls, jugs, etc.

Below is a handy Bassano Pottery price chart for better clarity:

Old Bassano Pottery ProductsEstimated Price (Common Collectibles)Estimated Price (Designer Collectibles)
Plates & Platters$10 – 350Up to $700
Fruit & Soup Bowls$10 – 250N.A
Statues & Figurines$80 – 500$ 1,700 – 3,000
Centerpieces$300 – 1,500$6,000 – 10,000
Vases$50 – 400Around $3,000

As we saw, you can spot, identify, and appraise old Bassano pottery based on the small, embossed, or etched marks on its base. All you need is a keen eye to read the letters and location marks and this detailed marks guide to compare them later!

And if you want more brand-specific mark guides for other imported old Gzhel and Frankoma pottery artifacts, hop on to my other guides!

Judith Miller
Judith Miller

Judith is an antique expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of antique identification and valuation. She has reviewed over 30 thousand vintage items and has worked with numerous antique shops. She enjoys seeing new places, attending antique shows and events, and sharing her knowledge with people! Know more about me

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