Saturday, March 14, 2009

I love Guido Cacciapuoti, my secret's out.....



I love my husband, I love my children and I love this Italian, Guido Cacciapuoti.



My mother has a small collection of Guido Cacciapuoti Italian figurines, she started collecting these beautiful ladies in the early fifties. I wish she had collected all of them. They are absolutely exquisite and quite rare now. I own one, a lovely all white lady sitting in a ball gown playing her violin. The day I found her I was driving through Moss Vale and passed a second hand shop and saw her in the window. I almost fell into this store, I lost my breath and collapsed onto the counter of the shop pointing at her. I think the ladies in the shop were about to call an ambulance. She was a little damaged, I didn't care a bit, I just don't understand how anyone could actually throw her out.



My mother could not (or actually did not) believe that I found her. Check underneath for the signature, she said, I knew who made her straight away, as every day of my life growing up as a little girl they proudly sat on our mantle in the living room. I also remember a day when my mother was screaming, as my little brother aged 4 years had lifted them off the mantle and was playing with them like little dolls.



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Italian Guido Cacciapuoti born in 1892 and died in 1953. Cacciapuoti along with his brothers, father and grandfather had a long family history of making ceramic sculptures in gres. He is considered the best Italian animalist of the 19th Century. After having arrived in Treviso, Italy (also the home of the gorgeous blogger Cinzia from Pistacchioenocciola ) in the first years of the 20th Century, he modeled clay into small sculptures of exquisite workmanship.


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I love the faces of the ladies, I love the colours of their gowns, I have shown the pink ones here today (for Pink Saturday). They are all so romantic and from an era of such decadence. The flowers are beautiful and many of the figurines are holding large baskets or trays of flowers. There are flowers in their hair and on their dresses. The patterns on the gowns are also exquisite, what more can I say, these pictures tell all.






















Thank you to all who leave comments for me, I just love receiving them and I absolutely treasure them all. I have also been very slow replying to my emails this week as I have had too many jobs due, sorry, I will try and get to it tomorrow.




25 comments:

  1. WOW... what a gorgeous post! Happy PS!

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  2. Oh my! Those figurines are gorgeous! The details are so intricate you can see it in the roses and the gowns like the "puffed" one :-)I'm so afraid to touch or it might break :-)

    Happy Pink Saturday!

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  3. One day of the week I get to truly indulge my ♥ for pink and today, you sure have made me happy! Thanks so much!

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  4. I'm speechless! Wow! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  5. Gorgeous collection of pinks.

    Have a great Pink Saturday!

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  6. hi Coty, I am sitting here ,,OOOOOHHHH and AAAAHHHH your post is amazing!!!! these sculptures are soooooo beautiful...and these DIOR dresses....I absolutely love your pink saturdaypost!!!!

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  7. I am in awe of these figurines! I have never see them before - just gorgeous! I can see why you ran into the store to buy one when you discovered it! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  8. Oh Yes, Coty.......these ARE most beautiful! Words can't express, and your photos of them are magnificent! xo Cheryl

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  9. Wow, how great to learn of this artist - I had never heard of him, but these are stunningly beautiful. Now i'll have to learn more!!

    Thanks for introducing us!! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  10. beautiful figurines! Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan

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  11. Everything was beautiful especially the gowns! Thank you for sharing your Pinks!
    Happy Pinks Saturday!
    Jennifer

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  12. Happy Pink Saturday! Your photography of these beautiful figurines is excellent.
    Joyce

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  13. What a lovely post and all of that pink! Happy Pink Saturday!

    Hugs :)

    Irma

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  14. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Every Saturday a new wonderful surprise!
    Love this post!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  15. their clusters of roses gathered in the baskets...well yummy, perfect, wonderful!

    happy pink
    Heidi

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  16. Those are truly breathtaking!! I'm simply in love with them. They sorta remind me of Lladro only Lladro's are mostly blue but beautiful nonetheless. You truly did a fantastic job of photographing those lovely figurines!


    Happy Pink Saturday.

    Kris

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  17. Hi Coty!
    I so admire those figurines. I never knew about them. Now I will have to go and research.

    Thanks for the information about them!

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    (¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday!
    Deanna :D

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  18. Oh my! Such a beautiful post! Love those figurines.
    Happy Pink Saturday!
    Karen

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  19. Some people just have no idea what they have until they loose it. Happy Pink Saturday and thankyou so much for the share, it was delightful. Char
    I post under the name someplace in thyme and not english cottage rose

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  20. Oh my, Coty. These are beyond exquisite. I will have to show this post to my mother. She has a collection of figurines - mostly antique, but I know that she does not have one of these.

    I can certainly see why you are in love with this artist.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

    Oh, I was just looking at a collection of beautiful Dior gowns this morning. I think if might have been in Harper's.

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  21. Wow...soooo beautiful! Love your blog. It's truly eye candy!

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  22. Thanks for sharing the "ladies" -- I am not familiar with these -- absolutely exquisite.

    Scribbler

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  23. Excuse me for the propose, I would like to know if you want to sell the figurines! Regards D.S.

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  24. Excuse me for the proposo, I would like to know if you want to sell the figurines! Regards D.S.

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Your comments and emails truly make my day a very special one. Thank you for dropping by and visiting me at home in Australia, I read every single comment and I treasure each and every one. xxx Coty