LE OFFICINE DUCROT NELLA DOCUMENTAZIONE D’ARCHIVIO DELLE COLLEZIONI SCIENTIFICHE DE DIPARTIMENTO DI ARCHITETTURA DELL’UNIVERSITA’ DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO

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Abstract

The Ducrot factory played a leading role in the culture of industrial production in Italy and the Mediterranean area, at least until the mid-twentieth century; it was, in fact, among the first furniture factories in Europe to pursue a mediation between profit and artistic research; the Palermo-based company also managed to establish itself on the international market both with the production of quality furniture and complete furnishings and with the creation of furnishings and decorations for the interiors of large hotels, institutional offices, ocean liners, prestigious residences and exclusive public places. The definitive leap in quality in the production organization occurs in the two-year period 1902-03 also following the assumption by Ernesto Basile of the role of Artistic Director of production.Significant of the modernist cultural orientation and also of Vittorio Ducrot's commercial strategy is the involvement in particular sectors of the production of furniture and furnishings, even if limited to the first decade of the twentieth century, of artists, active in Sicily, usually collaborating with Basile, such as Ettore De Maria Bergler, Michele Cortegiani, Luigi Di Giovanni, Giuseppe Enea, Gaetano Geraci, Salvatore Gregorietti and Antonio Ugo.The accurate photographic documentation of the Ducrot Archive not only of the production (both that for the market and that of the "Special Furnishings" sector, especially naval) but also of the production organization (from the factories to the processing phases, from participation in exposures to the workforce of employees, from machinery to sales warehouses) certifies, moreover, the high level of "business culture" consistently pursued from the beginning of the twentieth century to the conclusion of the Economic Miracle.
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)10-14
Numero di pagine5
RivistaAAA ITALIA
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2019

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