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 are inspired by the exploits of the paladins of France. Covering the surfaces is series of battle scenes between knights and Saracens, framed by a curtain that suggests the stage of a Sicilian puppet theatre. Lively ornamental motifs of Baroque inspiration, along with the trinacria symbol that dominates the scene, enrich the entire composition. The central panel features the main episode of the battle: the defeat of Constantinople’s army at the hands of Guido di Santa Croce. Painted on the top is a lavishly decorated mask.