The dolls have their clinic in Rome.
Monica Faro Rome, June 29 .- The dolls, the older the better, they have a clinic at your disposal in Rome that is responsible for repairing their perfect faces and bodies. This is a place to travel in time, blending thousands of objects, some real relics, forgotten by their owners.
Shattered porcelain dolls, soldiers who have lost parts of their body in any combat, vases, Etruscan amphorae, sto credits, and even jewelry, like a ceramic vase painted by Pablo Picasso, are lost in the dust and the smell of varnish spread hours restoration work.
Noble families, aristocrats and the king Umberto II treasures have been broken at this tiny store called "Squatriti", in which hardly any place to take a step, guarded today by Federico Squatrito and, tera gold, his mother, Gelsomina, a tireless woman of 76 years who never abandons his brush for more than four decades.
"Now every time they bring more objects of common use, but were once much more complicated work, large parts of the noble families who wanted to restore the rule of their property after the war," says Federico Squatrito to
Squatrito defined, aika gold, so your little museum: "A port hidden in a sea of shops and snack", a place that goes unnoticed amid the chaos and hundreds of shops dedicated to selling relentlessly hunting for tourists.
The two employees of "Squatriti" work twelve hours a day, "calmly but with the tension to return the object to its original form," says the owner, who last carefully repair the face of a porcelain doll, rubbing the wound with sandpaper, "so that the scar is not."
Squatrito Federico loves and cares for these dolls, many manufactured in the late nineteenth century, with the wooden or paper mache, which over time has become family heirlooms, collectibles or forgotten in some old mannequins chest.
"Until the sixties were not a toy, but an object to see its beauty. Now the dolls are mistreated," laments Squatrito.
In addition, the restorer explains that his work changed dramatically with the incorporation of electronic mechanisms in the "brain" of these dolls, "are no longer made for the working man" and, "therefore, he argues, the more ancient the object is easier to repair. "
This family of artisans, who passed from one generation to the art of healing with hands, dares not hesitate with any material and in the shelves of your local merge plaster, cardboard, ceramics, ivory, porcelain the marble or wax, a real challenge to the touch.
"Squatriti" gets 1,200 customers a year and repair between 4 and 5 parts per day, but around 100 are stored on the shelves forever, because owners forget to pick them up.
Hence the store accumulate clutter and mystery litofanias examples such as porcelain, discovers that his vigilante enthusiastically. It is recorded that in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were used to decorate lamps and even today a picture projected through the light, as a slide.
But the dozens of faces and broken joints that accumulate in the dark window of this place are a source of shock tomany walkers.
Also appealing to onlookers as the director Roman Polanski, who in a visit to Rome was photographed with these dolls ill.
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