"La passeggiata archeologica (An Archeological Stroll)" Covered Urn

Designer Gio Ponti Italian
Manufacturer Manifattura Richard Ginori Italian

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Although Ponti was a committed modernist, his work always maintained a respect for tradition and history. Among his earliest projects was a series of porcelain vases designed for Richard-Ginori, for whom he worked as artistic director from 1923 to 1930. These pieces, intended to be mass-produced, were all designed on the theme of classicism-the national patrimony of Italy. This model, entitled An Archaeological Stroll, presents classical imagery from the great moments in Italian cultural history: Roman antiquity, the Renaissance, and the Neoclassical period of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Columns, urns, candelabra, and sundials alternate with animated human figures in period-appropriate costumes, set against a patterned ground suggesting marble masonry. Such imagery not only appealed to Ponti's nationalistic impulses—celebrating Italy's continuing contributions to art, architecture, and science—but, in its chic stylization, was also fashionably up-to-date.

"La passeggiata archeologica (An Archeological Stroll)" Covered Urn, Gio Ponti (Italian, Milan 1891–1979 Milan), Porcelain, Italian

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