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, 60 x 151 x 68.2 cm This refrigerator is characterized by the spirit of chivalric heroism shared by the puppet theatre and the Sicilian cart.The main character of the front side is St. George, patron saint of carters and knights, shown slaying the dragon. The battle between Rinaldo, paladin of Charlemagne, and the Old Man is depicted in brilliant colors on one of the side panels, framed by decorations typically found on Sicilian carts. The third panel portrays another episode from the puppet theater, the "Death of Martuffo", the Saracen killed by Guido Santo. The trinacria, emblem of Sicily, decorates the top.
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