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Galileo Chini

(1873—1956)


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(b Florence, 2 Dec 1873; d Florence, 24 Aug 1956). Italian painter and potter. He began his artistic activity at a very early age, as a decorator and fresco painter. In 1896 he began to make ceramics. His work as a potter was highly innovative and receptive to outside influences, especially from England and central Europe; he developed a brilliant and personal style, characterized above all by the results he obtained with lustre glaze on stoneware. In 1906 he opened the Fornaci di San Lorenzo (Florence) in partnership with his cousin Chino Chini (1889-1957); this pottery produced ceramics till 1944. The grandest of the pottery's tile decorations was for Le Nuove Terme in Salsomaggiore (1913-23).

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.


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