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Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori, the golden age of italian ceramics

The historical ceramics company Richard Ginori was declared bankrupt last January. Gucci has recently put an offer to buy the company with the goal “to protect and re-launch a historical Florentine brand, synonymous with quality and craftsmanship” (Vogue). Richard Ginori’s products represent a big part of the italian handcrafted ceramic heritage, in particular the production made under Gio Ponti’s direction from 1923 until 1930.gioponti_ginori1The Story of  the collaboration between Gio Ponti and Richard Ginori

Settings: Italy, 1923/1930ceramiche-gio-ponti-richard-ginori-mostra-anteprima-400x512-402771

Main Characters: Richard Ginori was founded in 1735 and specializes in handcrafted porcelain crockery and tableware. Gio Ponti was an eclectic and crucial figure in the history of architecture and design of the twentieth century. He became artistic director of Richard Ginori in 1923 initiating a  radical transformation of the company’s output.

PlotGio’ ponti planned and created ceramic and porcelain objects that found in the decoration of the artist a refined uniqueness and innovation. His aim was to create more than a simple decoration: the human figures as well as the chromatic choices express the artist’s intentions to create new poetic forms. Influenced  by traditional folk-craft imagery, and by his reading of classical forms, the mainly porcelain pieces, with their stylised pictures of nature, people and pastimes, earned Ponti a Grand Prix at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Decoratifs, an event that was to act as a catalyst for the subsequent Art Deco movement.

Athletes themed Tea Servicegio_ponti_ginori1

Vases, 1930 c.a.

“Il Circo” Vases and Tea Service, early 20’s

“Chiavi e Pipe” Vase (for Table Lamp) and boxers themed Vase

“Le delizie del fumare” Tobacco box and lidded box, 1923-30

Sport themed Vases, 1930’s

“Le Quattro Stagioni” Vases, 1920’s

“Le Mie Terre” vase, 1929 and set of three White Gloves

To know more about Gio Ponti: Gio Ponti, fascination for Ceramics

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  1. Hi

    I have a coffee set (6 cups, 6 saucers, milk jug, sugar bowl and coffeepot) all in good condition for its age (no cracks) by Richard Ginori (San Cristoforo) Velesca design which I believe was designed by Gio Ponti in the 1920s. It belonged to my grandmother (she lived outside Lucca – Tuscany) Can you tell me approximately how much it is worth please?

    Many thanks


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