Luxury and Elegance – Silver Museum

Luxury and Elegance – Silver Museum

Silver Museum of Palazzo Pitti – Florence (19 March to 23 June 2013)

The exhibition Luxury and elegance is dedicated to the first thirty years of activity of the Ginori factory, a Europe-wide phenomenon thanks to the intense exchanges that characterized the first three decades of the nineteenth century with the manufactures French, in particular with Sevres.

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On the occasion of forty years after the opening of the Porcelain Museum of Palazzo Pitti, the Special Superintendence for the Historical, Artistic and Ethno-anthropological Heritage and for the Museum of the City of Florence and the Association of Friends Shower wanted to commemorate this happy anniversary with an exhibition that highlights at the same time the important museum collection in the Palazzo Pitti and the production of the manufacture of shower for the period between the Napoleonic and Restoration of Lorraine (1800-1830).

Changing the advent of the Napoleonic empire brought in the government of Tuscany had its reflections in the arts since the kingdom of Etruria (1801-1807) with Luisa of Bourbon-Parma, but especially in the years of the presence of Elisa Baiocchi. The sister of Napoleon, first princess of Lucca and Piombino (1805-1809) and later the Grand Duchess of Tuscany (1809-1814), promoted a renewed interest in the arts by which time he felt the lack. His patronage not only called to Florence sculptors, painters and musicians, but also claimed the craft industries of Tuscany, encouraging the production of silk, furniture and porcelain. In this new artistic fervor, the manufacture of shower had a prominent place, accepting major French influence in both research and the forms in which decorative forms. Specifically, manufacturing, under the enlightened direction of Carlo Ginori Straight Leopold (1792-1838) was a sharer of important technical and styling innovations from France, creating a typology Decorative who remained in vogue until the third decade of the nineteenth century.

Influence of the French Empire style continued in fact, with the return to Florence by Ferdinand III of Habsburg Lorraine, who returned from his exile in Würzburg, he was able to integrate the collections Grand Ducal with Sèvres porcelain given to him by Napoleon Bonaparte. The arrival of these important gifts of porcelain had a strong impact on the development of artistic Ginori, who in the first years of the Restoration Lorraine not only copied some of these models, but perfected his production through intensive exchange with the French manufacturers, especially with Sèvres where he was director Alexandre Brongniart’s contribution of foreign artists, including Jean David, Joseph and Abraham Germain de Constantin, skilled in the reproduction of the works of ancient china Florentine Galleries and called to train young painters manufacturing as Joseph and John Baldassini Fanciullacci, led to a further increase in the quality of the workmanship. Through the examination of documents from the archives of the Court of Lorraine, the Museum of Bath and Ginori Straight from the archive, will be considered as made ​​and sold by Ginori in the first three decades of the nineteenth century, throwing new light on both the buyers that the various artists working in manufacturing. Specifically, in collaboration with the Museum of Sevres, will be investigated the work of the Genevan painter Abraham Constantin, active at Sèvres and sent to Florence to copy the most famous porcelain paintings of the Florentine Galleries, an important nucleus of works of Abraham Constantin was purchased by Carlo Alberto di Savoia Carignano and is today at the Savoy Gallery in Turin. The exhibition will be composed of about one hundred and twenty works for the most part from the collections of the Pitti Palace and the Museo Richard-Ginori manufactory Shower, by leading Italian and French museums that collect this kind of artifacts and private collections.