Since 1973 the Patania family have been making the traditional Sicilian Pupi, the famous puppet, in San Giovanni la Punta, Catania. Synonymous with professionalism, creativity and tradition, the Patanias have built an artisan business which has Sicilian tradition and unique charm at its core. These “treasures of the past” are refined, harmonious and unique objects. They are the result of a passion for the craft, a sense of belonging to their land and a meticulous love for quality materials. The age-old technique, which simply requires the hands of an expert craftsman, is an unchanging element in the creativity of the Patania family. In addition to the creation of the Pupi, a constant search for vintage items, and nurturing customer relationships, the Patania family also specialises in making the traditional “Coffe”. These antique baskets hold food for the horses and are kept under a cart. Today they have been turned into straw bags covered with velvet, fringes and leather of the finest quality, decorated by hand and with ceramic additions.
Enamel and oil, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm The decorations of this refrigerator refer to the Saracen conquest of Sicily in the 9th century AD. The surface features a series of battle scenes and portraits of generals, framed by traditional ornamental motifs. On the central panel is the episode where Gradasso, king of Sericana, captures the magic armour of Samson in the the sorceress Sybil’s garden. On the top is a sabre and shield painted with a crescent moon and a star.