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Gio Ponti, triumphal table centrepiece for italian ...

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Gio Ponti, triumphal table centrepiece for italian  ... - February 2012 - n. 03
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After the great success – the award of the Gran Prix – at the “Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes” in Paris in 1925,  the following year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs commissioned Richard Ginori a table centrepiece that was meant to decorate – during the official dinners – the tables of the most important Embassies. The table centrepiece represented Italian art in the world through what, at the time, was one of the most innovative and renown expression: the Doccia porcelains by Gio Ponti.
The archives of the factory still have the original drawing of the artist, with the approval of the ministerial committee in charge. This Triumph, together with the small vases and all the ornamental elements it is composed by, was designed by Gio Ponti with the collaboration of Tommaso Buzzi and was realized by Italo Griselli. Then it was delivered as a model to the Fantechi manufacture in Sesto Fiorentino, which collaborated with Doccia for the gilt finishing. This model was left at their disposal as payment for their job. This centrepiece is known through three variations of the central figure, whereas the rest of the composition, made by small basins for flowers, and complementary elements like squirrels, corals, the Savoia coat-of-arms (composition which, in this present lot is extremely complete and harmonious), was replaced in some versions with mirror elements. In the manufacture catalogue, two versions of the centrepiece are displayed; most probably, the example today up to auction is the prototype of them. Made in 1926 and 1927 in limited editions, this centrepiece is also the last manufacture of prestigious value and quality commissioned by the royal family.

We are grateful to Pietro Luchi for these precious information 

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