Cia Manna’s exotic women: ceramic goes topless

Here is a selection of ceramic figurines of topless, exotic women. Their author is Mrs Manna (whom we presented in a previous article), first decorator and model maker at Lenci and later owner of her own independent company, Cia (acronym of “Ceramica italiana artistica”).

Lenci (also an acronym, standing for the Latin motto “Ludus est nobis costanter industria”, “playing is our constant activity”) was founded in Turin in 1919 by Helenchen König and her husband Enrico Scavino; it was the workshop where a great generation of “students” practiced, preparing for their own endeavors in fine ceramics (Sandro Vacchetti was another brilliant “graduate”).

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