The Galleria Rometti boasts a collection of over 300 pieces made by the artists of the Ceramiche Rometti Company. The exhibition tells the story of the company, launched in 1927, and the strong bond with Umbertide, town known worldwide for its artistic pottery production.
It was Dino Finocchi that recovered most of the pieces now displayed, that were sold both in the antique market and to private clients. The collection consists in vases, lamps, sculptures, plates and crockery. The incomparable technic of the “nero fratta” and the innovative technic of the engraving on “bianchetto” are here explained.
The former is a colour for pottery (black with iridescent tints) invented by the company; the latter is a technic that has distinguished Rometti production since the 1830s. Among Art Deco, Bauhaus and Futurism, found its way the creativity of the young Cagli, Baldelli, Di Giacomo, Settimio e Aspromonte Rometti.
The collection, that boasts many unpublished works, shows that even the most common object can be interpreted in a way that is creative and essential yet strong in its symbology.
The exhibition starts with the first “bucolic” vase made in 1927 with the sign “Ars umbra-Fornace Rometti” (Umbrian Art- Rometti Furnace); then the Santone made by Corradi Cagli, the horses (recurrent theme) and the ‘60s vases with lustres, coral and gold. Moreover, the most recent creations of the company are displayed: the 180cm-tall “Venere” (Venus) of the designer Ambrogio Pozzi, the sculpture “provocatoria” (provocative) and the English artist Liliane Lijn.
The Galleria is enriched by the section “Premio Rometti” in which the winner works of any edition are exhibited. The pieces are created during the manufacture training period. The contest, started by Dino Finocchio, is reserved to students of the most prestigious Italian and foreign academies and institutes of design.