Passeggiata Archeologica Plate, Black by Gio Ponti for Richard Ginori
In this decoration, Giò Ponti revived the classical inspiration of Ginori company, evoking the 18th century tastes of travelers on the Grand Tour; but it also presumably refers to the itinerary around the excavations in Rome, inaugurated in 1918 and known as the Archaeological Stroll.
The illustration, which forms a pair with La Conversazione Classica (The Classical Conversation), made its début on the occasion of the Monza Biennale in 1923, but it was only in 1924 that it began to be applied for decorating plates. The decoration matches the Attività Gentili (Noble Activities) of the same period, showing figures that find their spatial dimension thanks to the perspective provided by the tiled floor on which they are moving. They are arranged at symmetrical intervals, divided by architectural elements reminiscent of classical art, hence the name.
Porcelain Plate, 13"
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Gio Ponti was one of the most important architect-designers of the twentieth century. Ponti was notable not only for the tremendous amount of his structures that were built, but also for the mere fact that his career bridged numerous design movements, from the 1925 Art Decoratifs in Paris through the beginnings of the Memphis movement. Ponti's experience arguably made him one of the most knowledgeable of industrial designers and architects- a feat that was further emphasized by his founding and involvement in both Domus and Stile magazines, the latter for over 50 years. Ponti was the subject of a major exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 2018-2019.