Painted and glazed ceramic ashtray with elephantess and cub by Guido Cacciapuoti, 1930s
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Painted and glazed ceramic ashtray with elephantess with cub by Guido Cacciapuoti, 1930s-1940s. Guido Cacciapuoti was born in Naples on 11 August 1892 and belonged to an ancient family of majolica makers from whom he learned the secrets of the ceramic art. A very talented modeller, he came to prominence for his beautiful sculptures of animal subjects. He moved with his brother Mario to Treviso to work at the 'Gregori' factory and in 1915 he successfully participated in the Treviso Art Exhibition. He also occasionally collaborated with the firm 'Lazzar & Marcon' of Treviso. In 1920 he presented some works at the 12th Venice Biennale and the following year he exhibited at the Treviso Regional Art Exhibition. Some of his works were bought by the King of Italy, Mussolini, Starace and Prince George of England. In 1927, together with his brother Mario and with Angelo Bignami in the role of administrative and commercial director of the firm, he founded the 'Gres d'Arte Cacciapuoti Bignami & C.' factory with headquarters in Milan at 34 Viale Premuda. In 1930, due to the untimely death of his brother, he became the sole owner of the firm. The factory was immediately successful and became famous for Guido's realistic animal sculptures. Guido Cacciapuoti died in 1953. H 10 cm 22.5 x 14.5 cm. The piece is in very good condition, as can be seen from the attached photos. It has a repaired chipping on the edge of the ashtray. Please evaluate through the photos.
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