Prestigious artefacts, they will always be admired for the history and tradition they embody.

The history behind Villari
The history behind Villari

Founded in 1967 by Cesare and Silvia Villari, in Solagna (VI), who are now joined by their two daughters Alessandra and Barbara and their son Leone, the company continues to re-invent porcelain, with skill and creative audacity, giving life to collections ranging from a more classic taste to the most recent projects born from the union of craftsmanship and contemporary design that are also open to experimentation with different materials and product types.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles

In 1988 Cesare Villari produced two pieces of work made entirely of porcelain, commissioned by the American Pop artist Jeff Koons

One of these colossal pieces, made in four copies, represents “S. John the Baptist”, a free interpretation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “S. Giovannino”.

The other is a life-size statue of “Michael Jackson and Bubbles”, painted entirely in 24 carats gold, depicting the pop singer holding his chimpanzee. 

Five copies were made of the latter and, on may 15th 2001 one copy of this work was sold by Sotheby’s – New York to an anonymous art-collector for 5’615’000 dollars. 

These two works have been exhibited in a number of famous museums, including the Guggenheim and the MoMA in New York. At the moment one of the models is exhibited at the SF MoMA – San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA).

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