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Opera Galileo Chini
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The early years of the Chini kilns at Borgo San Lorenzo

The successes of manufacturing and artistic experiences at the Monumental Cemetery dell'Antella

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Borgo San Lorenzo

Galileo Chini after the first international awards, dedicated himself to the production and sale of panels, furnishing accessories and decorations, which established him as one of the most innovative craftsmen in the early twentieth century in the Italian landscape. In 1906, Galileo decided to terminate his relationship with the art of pottery in his native village and open up a new company with his cousins Peter and Chino, thus becoming the art director of the kilns in San Lorenzo, a firm that in over forty years of operation (in 1944 the factory was destroyed by bombing) created quality products in many fields of applied and decorative arts, stained glass, wrought iron, furniture, furnishings and even urban architecture.

The originality of the production of the kilns in Borgo San Lorenzo lies in the ability to blend the artistic tradition of medieval and Renaissance Tuscany with trends suggested by Art Nouveau, arriving at a perfect synthesis between ancient and modern, in which the grace in the drawings, the choice of colors and materials lent to the vessels, flooring, and furniture, a unique charm and elegance. In 1906, Galileo and Leto Chini decorated the chapel of Santa Matilde at the monumental cemetery of Antella in Florence, a structure in which you can find more than sixty works from the Borgo kilns, including stained glass, frescoes, tiles, and flooring tile.

Borgo San Lorenzo
a country town dotted with churches In the heart of Mugello
Borgo San Lorenzo, one of the best-known towns in the Mugello area, is situated where the Sieve Valley is at its widest. Developed around the court of the Ubaldini family, in a place where the Roman village of Annejanum once stood, the town fell under the influence of Florentine bishops in the mid tenth century, against which the locals rebelled in 1273, when the municipality gained ...