The decoration of the Stuoia 1923 collection is characterized by a composition of intertwined yellow vertical bands and green horizontal bands, divided longitudinally by black and orange lines on a black background, which surrounds the porcelain. Unveiled at the First Monza Biennale in 1923, this is one of the earliest motifs the young Ponti created for Richard Ginori.
Le Mani
Le Mani collection made by the Manufactory in the ‘30s, combining art style and interpretation in unique limited edition items. The simple abstract shape of a hand is modelled in the round using industrial moulds for rubber gloves. Richard Ginori offers three iconic versions: Mano Fiorata - hand decorated with manually modelled and applied flowers with gold trim, and Mano Fiorata hand covered entirely in pure gold, decorated with manually applied white porcelain flowers. Mano Trionfo Italiano - inspired by Gio Ponti’s Mano della Fattucchiera is hand decorated with pure gold motifs drawn from the world of magic and fortune-telling. Mano - a total white version to celebrate the powerful simplicity of pure white porcelain.
Passeggiata Archeologica
Passeggiata Archeologica motif represents Richard Ginori’s classicism, evoking the style of the eighteenth-century, the age of the Grand Tour, with a reference to the Archaeological Path through the excavations in Rome inaugurated in 1918. The figures are given a spatial dimension by the perspective of the tiled floor on which they move. Passeggiata Archeologica plates are inspired by both of Ponti’s versions, with white and black backgrounds, produced using the same ceramic litho technique, applied all at once and hand-bordered in gold.
The Prospettica orcino vase, re-edited by Richard Ginori, is characterized by the illusionistic effect of the relief. Entirely hand-decorated, in decal, the ‘double cut’ technique is used in order to maintain the same thickness as the framing of the cells.
La Venatoria
La Venatoria motif, inspired by Gio Ponti’s drawings, narrates a deer hunt featuring amazon warriors. The scenes appear on the plates in an order that tells a story, from chasing the prey to carrying it away. Richard Ginori presents La Venatoria in a series of porcelain plates, cachepot vases and orcino vases. The sublime artworks in the collection are painted against a background of uniform airbrushed colour touched up by hand by expert painters to add variety to the surface.
La Convesazione Classica
The motif in La Conversazione Classica represents allegorical figures alluding to the Arts, such as Music and Literature, in Art Deco style. The figures stand out against a background incorporating symbols of antiquity, with use of perspective to add dynamism to the composition. La Conversazione Classica hand painted on oval-shaped majolica bowls in which the figures stand out against a background of cobalt blue in the case of the putto playing with a dog, or a red reminiscent of Pompei, in the case of the reclining figures.
Le Mie Donne
Le Mie Donne is a motif, which sums up the classic style of the Art Deco. Le Mie Donne, meaning “my women”, includes Women on the Clouds, Women on the Ropes and Women on Flowers. The Women on the Clouds were the first to be created and presented at the Monza exhibition in 1923. In Le Mie Donne, Gio Ponti achieves a pleasing balance between the rigorous classicism of architecture and the quivering Art Deco feminine figures, giving each woman a name. The motifs created on oval-shaped bowls and plates in majolica are all hand-painted by the expert and skilled painters of the Manifattura.
Donne e Architetture
The motif appearing on the Donne e Architetture vase is inspired by the female figures Gio Ponti created for the series, underlining the dialogue between the silhouettes and the complex architecture of ancient inspiration, in which we may recognise citations of the pyramids and of Roman monuments such as the Coliseum. The decoration features eight women on clouds against a background which, in this case, is by no means secondary in importance but stands out for the quality of the architecture depicted, achieving peaks of rare beauty and refinement. The complexity of the decoration and therefore the difficulty involved in reproducing it make this vase truly unique. The eight women’s limbs are positioned differently, and they have different hairstyles. Their names appear on the neck of the vase, on two levels separated by a dotted blue line.