“Scacchetti”: beauty wrapped around Sicily’s citrus fruit

We continue our exploration of the art surrounding Sicily’s citrus fruit industry.

Citrus fruits gave rise to some of the liveliest companies in the region between the 19th and the 20th century – and became a de facto symbol of the island, popular and recognized in the whole world.

After showcasing the perforated paper and brass stencils used to stamp shipping crates, we would like to introduce you to the impressive illustrations printed on ‘scacchetti’ – the paper wrappers used to protect lemons and oranges tightly packaged in boxes.

Popular throughout the 1900s, ‘scacchetti’ could be as small as 17.5 x 20 centimeters or as big as 21 x 27.

Photos via: “From Palermo to America. L’iconografia commerciale dei limoni di Sicilia”, Sellerio, Palermo 2007

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