Italy, circa 1930
Design: Gio Ponti (1891-1979) - Italian architect and designer
Manufactured by Richard Ginori - Manifattura di Doccia, established in 1735 in Florence
Each signed with ‘Gio Ponti’ lower right
Stamped with the Richard Ginori mark and numbered on the reverse
2 white glazed porcelain tiles with figural decoration, inscribed with ‘Il trasporto’ and ‘La bevuta’
Dimensions: c. 24 x 24 cm
Very good condition
A pair of Richard Ginori tiles with a cheerful figural decoration on the topic of viticulture
As the artistic director of the major Italian Porcelain Factory Richard Ginori, Gio Ponti (1891-1979) produced numerous designs in the Art Deco style between 1923 and 1930. Here are two tiles that are painted with figural humorous scenes of viticulture. In ‘Il trasporto’ [The transport] two farmers carry a giant grape on a vine stock. Two jumping dogs accompany them. In ‘La bevuta’ [The carousal] we see two cheerful men while drinking wine.
The tiles are each signed with ‘Gio Ponti’ lower right and mounted in a metal frame. They are in very good condition, showing light wear commensurate with age. The reverses bear the Richard Ginori manufactory mark and numbers. The tiles are c. 24 x 24cm in size.
Gio Ponti (1891-1979)
The Italian architect and designer Gio Ponti studied architecture at the University of Polytechnic in Milan. In 1923, he became the artistic director of the Richard Ginori porcelain manufactory. He founded the art, architecture and design magazine ‘Domus’ in 1928. Initially deemed a neo-classicist, he progressively adopted a rationalist style. It was only after the war that he created his most famous designs. These includes the 'Superleggera' chair within the field of design, the Pirelli Tower in Milan within architecture, and the Hotel Parco dei Principi on the Sorrento coast as to his architecture and interiors.
Porcelain manufactory Richard Ginori
The porcelain manufactory Richard Ginori was established in 1735 by the Italian politician and businessman Marchese Carlo Andrea Ginori (1702-1757) in Doccia near Florence and merged with the industrialist Augustus Richard in the 19th century. During a diplomatic stay in Vienna, Ginori deepened his knowledge of the manufacture of the white gold, bringing ‘arcanists’ (chemists who knew how to produce porcelain, a well-kept secret at the time) and painters from the Viennese porcelain manufactory along to technically support the construction and setup of the manufactory. The company is considered the third-oldest in Europe after the Meissen and Vienna manufactories. (cko)
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