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Posted 2 years ago

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vetraio50
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This tile came with a couple of other modernist tiles from the Salvos in Rozelle a couple of years ago. I found him again recently and put him together with my new bottle vase and the Ciuccio made for the US importers "Paul's" that I recently posted on CW.
Many thanks again Walter del Pellegrino.
This tile is not signed but I believe it is by De Simone.
I suppose by now Ciuccio is understood. But what is a "Zampognaro"?
The zampognaro is a musician who plays the 'zampogna' an instrument similar to the bagpipes. The bagpipes are played in Northern Italy and are known as 'la cornamusa', sometimes 'la piva' (Italia - Appennino piacentino e parmense), 'la müsa' (Italia - Quattro province - in le valli montane delle province di Pavia, Alessandria, Genova e Piacenza) or 'il baghèt' (Italia - valli bergamasche e provincia di Brescia).
The zampogna is found more commonly in the Southern regions of Italy: Lazio (province di Frosinone e Latina), Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicilia. These days you would see the zampognari playing around Christmas time. The players come to town and earn a few extra Euros. They are often seen as figures around the manger in a 'prespio' or Natvity Scene. Nostalgic moments for the workers forced to leave their villages and find work in the industrial centres.

The 'zampogna' is normally associated with village life and they are sometimes seen at "processioni, rituali, feste e balli" , at festivals, in processions on feast days etc..

I have collected a few of the pieces by De Simone over the years. I like the vibrancy of this faience/faenza. De Simone is a firm begun by Giovanni De Simone in Palermo Sicily in the early fifties in the area around Piazza Leoni 2 ( the Jewish Quarter of this historic city). In the early days the work was mostly home-wares and decorative tiles in the traditional manner. But at the end of the fifties they were producing a much more colourful and humourous range of articles characterized by thick glazes. The firm then set up in Rome as well because of their successes where the family business continues today.

This one might be a play on a saying from the South.
Perhaps something like:
"Aspiette, ciuccio mio, ca mo' arriva 'a paglia nova.
Aspetta, asino, che sta per giungere la paglia nuova."

Or perhaps he's a hunter having a few moments to himself with those rabbits frolicking in the field. Italian Loony Tunes!

In Sicilian dialect Zampogna = "Ciaramedda" (Pron. Ciaramèddhra).
Zampognaro = "Ciaramiddaru".

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  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
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    Just thought I'd add this vision of a zampognaro in the Calabrian town of Polia:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oI4o_KCjKg
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks cwork and to especially you too, blunderbuss2! Hope you're well!
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Sean!
    I just had a thought, maybe they are wabbits!
  4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    A festive fanfare:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t2rg5Rytbww&feature=related
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    This one is from Lucania aka Basilicata and tells of the construction of the Italian bagpipes:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=MQeBMMWzErU
    This guy is amazing!
    Living history!
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I just love this little ditty too:
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dIEa_tooNpI&feature=related
  7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks sean, miKKo and czechman too!
  8. inky inky, 2 years ago
    Great group!.. the colours look wonderful together!..:-)
  9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks mustangT and to you too inky!
  10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks manikin!
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks marty!
  12. toracat toracat, 2 years ago
    Lovely music! That older gent walks uphill blowing and playing! He is in great shape! I like to see people get together like in that village. We had picnics with other farm people when I was young. The world has changed. You brought back good memories for me! The rabbits look good with the donkey!
  13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Hi toracat! Thanks for these comments. I saw some dancers as well on youtube who must have been in their eighties kicking up their heels to these traditional sounds.
    Check this out!
    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=zOOvROKY2gM
  14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Hornet and musikchoo too!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Amber!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks ho2cultcha!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks beyemvey!
  18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Phil!
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks to that guy from Atlanta!
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks realthings and bratjdd too!
  21. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 2 years ago
    Wow..very cool!!! I love it :)
  22. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Hey V, let me know when you get you package. Upfront apologies for a limited note. Saw my window to the post office, sealed the box and ran. I'm excited about the mystery pressy!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Brett!
  24. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Oh, and I should add that I think you will looooovvvveee it!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Yours is not yet packed. I've been a bit tardy. Sorry!
  26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks Moonstonlover!
  27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I got some stuff to do the packing yesterday, Amber. I'll add a note and tell you what has been happening.
  28. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Poor Austro's is languishing. Need a better box...sometimes that is the hardest part!
  29. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 2 years ago
    vertaio50, I love your stuff!! Keep showing off your goods :))
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I've got some seed pearls I think you'll like MSL. I believe they are Indian.... sub- continental! I've jut slowed downs a bit over the last week.
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I actually found the box on Saturday, Amber. Just got ...... distracted.
  32. getthatmonkeyoutofme getthatmonkeyoutofme, 2 years ago
    i really like this kind of desimone... still undervalued in my opinion...
  33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks getthatmonkeyoutofme!
  34. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks nldionne!
  35. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks moonstonelover!
  36. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 2 years ago
    Would you be so kind as to take a look at my listing ...please :))
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/92795-glass-crystal-tall-cherub-vase-11-90?in=activity
  37. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    No problema!
  38. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks MANIKIN!
  39. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks AGHCOLLECT!
  40. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks TOM!
  41. tom61375 tom61375, 1 year ago
    You are very welcome vetraio50! =)
  42. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
    Thanks ICOLLECT, SEAN & HO2CULTCHA too!

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