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The acquisition of the Villa Vigarani Guastalla collection by Marca Corona is the result of the desire to enhance the value of Sassuolo’s ceramic heritage, a commitment already undertaken with the inauguration of the “Marca Corona Gallery” Company Museum in 2010, and strengthened by the constant promotion of local ceramic culture.
The Pezzetta da Maiolica, or little piece of majolica, is the first piece on exhibit and it brings to mind and explains the title of the exhibition in itself: made in 1753, this tile replicates the same decorations found on the ceramic tiles which coat the stacks of the Doge’s Palace. It constitutes the most evident symbol of the relationship between the Doge’s Court and the Dallari Factory, as well as a vital element in the history of the district: this particular object was in fact the first manufactured article to document the close commissioning relationship which tied the court of Francesco III d’Este to Giovanni Maria Dallari’s Factory, to whom the duchy granted production and sales monopoly, permitting him to apply the ducal crest onto the Factory’s products.
The Marescialla, or marshal, is a large platter with “fin-like” handles decorated by Pietro Lei during the second half of the 18th Century for the Dallari Factory. The famous artist stands out for the great elegance, meticulousness and thoroughness used to apply pigments. Born in Sassuolo, after a period of time away, he returned to Sassuolo in 1782 in the employ of the Dallari family, where he had already been an apprentice, bringing with him a breath of renewed shapes, decorations and technologies. He then decided to set up his own business, opening up in Contrada Lei a “red earthenware” factory, and then went on to cover several public charges. His precious works are kept in several private collections, in national and European galleries and museums.
From the French word Veilleuse, the night light is an apparently simple yet complex object. Made during the second quarter of the 19th Century by the Ferrari Moreni Factory, the Night light in fact had a dual purpose: to cast a weak reading light at night and also to keep a herbal tea or hot drink warm. The light is richly decorated with blue and white motifs, in colours that were typical of Modena restoration production.