Woman bust

Giò Ponti for Richard Ginori1922

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

The bust represents a smiling young woman, her left hand on her
hip and her right hand resting elegantly on the other forearm. Her brown hair is arranged in a chignon
tied with a blue ribbon. She is wearing a blue striped bodice whose thin straps
have a repeating pattern and, around her shoulders, a shawl with large blue
stylised flowers on a white background. Most likely this piece was designed by Giò
when he became artistic director of Richard Ginori and was modelled by
Giorgio Supino in the San Cristoforo factory in Milan. The bust was shown at
the First International Exhibition of Decorative Arts in Monza in 1923.


  • Title: Woman bust
  • Creator: Giò Ponti for Richard Ginori
  • Date Created: 1922
  • Location: Museo dei Mobili e delle Sculture lignee, Castello Sforzesco, Milan, Italy
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Terraglia
  • Provenance: Purchased at the First International Exhibition of Decorative Arts, Monza 1923
  • Transcript: On the right side of the figure, at the bottom, we read the engraved name of the modeler "Supino". Under the flat and holed base there is a green seal with the inscription " S.C. RICHARD" and the drawing of a lion and a flag above it; on the side there is a drawing of  "T" overlapped on a "V" hand made by Ponti, where we read: "CSNSP/S. Cristoforo/1923". On a big rectangular label made in slight burnished paper  there is the emblem of the lion placed above an antique plate handwritten in red with the inscription: "RICHARD-GINORI MILANO/MANIFATTURA S. CRISTOFORO/226"
  • Type: Majolicas
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Civiche Raccolte Artistiche, Castello Sforzesco, Milano
  • External Link: https://museodeimobili.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Pottery
  • Art Form: Polychrome pottery
  • Original title: Busto di donna
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Death Place: Milan
  • Artist Death Date: 1979
  • Artist Birth Place: Milan
  • Artist Birth Date: 1891

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