An exhibition honouring the figurine-makers from around Lucca will be held at the Museo Italiano, Carlton, on 27-28 June only, to be opened at 6.30 pm on Friday 27 June. In the 19th and 20th centuries one of the major industries in the area, especially in the Val di Lima and the town of Coreglia Antelminelli, was the production of plaster figurines. Many figurinai migrated to other countries in Europe, North and South America and Australia. Companies were formed, consisting of a proprietor (the master in the art of figurine making) and 4 or 5 young boys, working in rented factories to produce the figurines which the young boys would then peddle house to house. In the 20th century various figurine-making enterprises were established in Melbourne by a handful of prominent families: Porta, Mattei, Pellegrini and Mei & Picchi (the only surviving firm, today specialising in the production and sale of mannequins mainly for the fashion industry).
The exhibition, associated with the celebrations of the 45th anniversary of the Toscana Social Club of Melbourne, will be opened by Ilaria del Bianco, president of the Associazione Lucchesi nel Mondo. Several original examples of figurines and moulds will be on display and two figurinai will illustrate the features of their trade.
Light refreshments will be served during the evening.
Details of opening, times and location:
Opening: Friday, 27 June, 2014 at 6.30pm
Exhibition: Saturday, 28 June 2014 from 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Where: Museo Italiano, Co.As.It., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton 3053
RSVP and further inquiries: Co.As.It. Italian Historical Society; firstname.lastname@example.org; (03)9349 9021