Cistae - inv. 3358

Richard Ginori, modelled by Libero Andreotti (1875-1933), designed by Gio Ponti (1897-1979)

Cistae
1927
hard-paste porcelain  
570 x 315 mm
inscription
"PER / FERNANDA / E UGO OJETTI / COMPOSERO / GIÒ PONTI E / LIBERO ANDREOTTI / DOCCIA ESEGUÌ"
1973 donation Paola Ojetti
Inv. 3358

Trivulzio Room
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The two cistae (containers) were modelled by the sculptor Libero Andreotti (Pescia, 1875 - Florence, 1933) and designed by the architect Gio Ponti (Milan, 1897-1979), who was responsible for renewing the designs at the Richard Ginori manufatury. They are cylindrical and lidded. The knobs on the lids are in the form of a winged woman, while four other kneeling female figures are set by each feet. In the decoration, which Gio Ponti called “an archaeological conversation”, male and female figures alternate in one case with columns, herms and aedicules, in the other with cups, pitchers, quivers, arrows and abstract subjects. The cistae were specially made for the twentieth wedding anniversary of Ugo and Fernanda Ojetti.

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