"Vaso con Pavoni"
Vaso con pavoni, large vase, h cm 120 in 47 1/4, glazed porcelain
In Greek-Roman mythology, the peacock is sacred to the goddess Hero or Juno, and it appears in a story about the maiden Io from Ovids Metamorphoses. With its elegance and the manner in which it displays its plumage, the peacock became a symbol of the sun and its legend passed down through time. The peackocks can be found in the fountain decoration like the marbled piece by Bartolomeo Ammannati in Sala Grande of Palazzo Vecchio for Cosimo I de Medici (1555- 1560) and also in the bronze animals series (1567) realized by Bartolomeo Ammannati and currently preserved at National Museum of Bargello in Florence. Ginori presented its own interpretation of the style in vogue at the time featuring the Vase with Peacocks. Of the two replicas that exist of this work, the one on display in the Richard Ginori Museum at the Doccia Manufactory is believed to be the one presented in Turin A small drawing and photograph of the work is preserved in the Richard Ginori archives today. The drawing shows the addition of a spray of peach blossom between the two peacocks on the neck of the vase, a clear allusion to the Orient, with the number of the item indicated as A 700. The second (see chapter History), shows a design described as Very large peacock vase 29/9/906 12/12/906 1/5 actual size. Despite the lack of documentation concerning it, given the complexity of the work it seems likely that there were skilful artists employed in Doccia at the time, supported in the execution by equally skilful master craftsmen trained in the factory, with an in-depth knowledge of the characteristics and features of the complex process of working with porcelain.