The Triumph of the Amazons by Gio Ponti

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) celebrated the Triumph of the Amazons in the 1920s, while working as a designer for Manifattura ceramiche Richard-Ginori, busy reinventing the style of industrial design and renewing the company’s entire production.

The ceramic vases created by the famed Milanese architect in those years were presented at the Biennale in Monza (1923) as well as at the Expo in Paris (1925).

Ponti designed the shape and decor of plates, vases, cups and urns by giving his own interpretation of Greek and Roman classics, representing some of the characters of ancient mythology and epic tradition.

In that first glimpse of the 1900s, ceramists usually created works in series – which were called “families” – inspired by a common theme; Gio Ponti followed suit with a range of products in which female and divine figures are predominant.

The Amazons and their triumphs bring to life one of these mythological “families” of his.

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