On 25 November 2019, at the Milanese gallery Officine Saffi, the jewels created by the students of LAO-Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School, who used the porcelain fragments from the Richard Ginori Factory, were auctioned by Sotheby’s. The proceeds will be totally donated to the Doccia Museum.
By using porcelain fragments from the Richard Ginori Factory, students and teachers tested themselves at implementing an unusual material, far from the traditional jewellery components. They obtained, nevertheless, extraordinary, unexpected results: rings, brooches, and necklaces were patiently created by combining silver, copper and gemstones with the white candour of the porcelain elements, which were thus given a second life.
The project, conceived by LAO-Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School and by the Doccia’s Friends Association, in a collaboration with Officine Saffi and Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d’Arte, has raised funds to restore the works preserved within the Doccia Museum, a few kilometres from the centre of Florence, and closed to the public since 2014.