The Laurenz Classic Collection Grandmother with Gramaphone by Enzo Arzenton LZ-29 - Original
Size: 9" High x 9" Wide
Hand Painted Porcelain
Adorned with Fired 24 Karat Gold Paint
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity
Process of Creating
The time-honored art of creating
Capodimote porcelain has not changed in the course of hundreds of years.
After the design has been approved and
finalized, the intricate work of modelling begins. The sculpting of a model in
the hands of an artist such as Enzo Arzenton is a joy to behold. The end result
is perfection from every angle . . . a treasured memory come to life, evoking
the same emotions that inspired our love of these Disney classics.
On a large Laurenz Disney sculpture, the
finished model may be broken up into well over a hundred smaller individual
molds. These are fired at 1,000 degrees, after which plaster molds are completed
for each of the various model parts.
Liquid porcelain, made from a mix of
very fine clay and kaolin, with the addition of feldspar and quartz, is then
poured into the plaster molds. It is the high content of kaolin which makes the
porcelain impermeable and perfectly white and transparent ? this is just one of
the many important differences that distinguish the time-consuming process of
making porcelain from inexpensive and lighter weight ceramics.
The porcelain is allowed to solidify
slightly, then removed while it is still malleable. This damp porcelain is very
fragile and requires the most careful handing. The many parts are reassembled
and a creamy porcelain called "barbottina" is added at the place of joining and
firmly pressed together. The worker uses a wooden tool to smooth out any mold
lines. At this point many small details, such as flowers and leaves, are
modelled by hand and then placed into position on the sculpture.
The finished piece must be allowed to
dry completely before it is once again fired at 1,300 degrees.
At last the detailed painting begins,
and a perfect harmony of colors and richness is achieved. Pure gold decoration
is applied to the base of the sculpture and it is fired again.
Is it any wonder that in ancient times,
porcelain was referred to as "white gold" by virtue of the lengthy production
process and painstaking workmanship and artistry.
The Story of Enzo
Born in Vicenza in the northeast of
Italy, Enzo Arzenton was only six years old when his school teacher became aware
of his immense talent for drawing. The children had been drawing small sketches
on paper, but curious about Enzo's abilities, she asked him to draw on the
blackboard using color chalk. Enzo asked for a stool so he could reach the upper
levels of the blackboard and began to draw a beautiful rural landscape. What
astounded his teacher was the fact that he drew in perspective, "On the hills I
made the more distant trees smaller and I drew the houses according to their
distance. The small, winding roads were at first narrow and then wider near the
valley, where the trees and houses also became larger. I drew the people in a
realistic manner, tall or short depending on where they stood in the picture,"
The teacher was clearly amazed as were the other
instructors who were called in to view the blackboard masterpiece. "They said
that if my teacher had not seen the drawing being done before her eyes, she
would not have believed it."
Soon Enzo was visiting other schools in
Vicenza to entertain students and teachers with his drawings. His nickname
"Raffaello" and the admiration he instilled in others encouraged him in his fond
dream to become a great artist. "I was taken by the urge to draw everywhere, on
any surface, on wrapping paper, paper bags, cardboard and walls. I drew with the
chalk used to plaster the pipes of the stove."
Eventually he convinced
his parents to buy him a small box of oil colors and some canvases. They were
poor quality, but Enzo took refuge in his attic and began painting the beautiful
farmland outside his window.
Enzo came from a poor family, and they
lived on the outermost edge of the city. He remembers the first time as a young
boy when he visited the historical district of Vicenza and was struck by the
town's exquisite architecture and classical works of art. In his spare time Enzo
began designing palaces and villas, one of them, a magnificent home that he
hoped would one day belong to him.
A book about Michelangelo inspired
Enzo to begin sculpting, using clay from the plowed fields in front of his
house. His work was excellent, but his parents did not feel it was prudent for a
young man to open his own studio. After training received at the Art Institute
of Vicenza, Enzo continued to struggle with his dreams and aspirations, hoping
that one day he could make a living doing the work he loved.
opportunity came when a cousin convinced a customer to commission Enzo for an
important job, a reproduction of Palladio's Basilica on the scale of 1 to 200.
The finished piece, done in silver, was magnificent, winning widespread acclaim
by all who saw it. Enzo Arzenton's career was launched.
During the next
few years, Enzo's reputation grew and although he was very busy doing
commissions for other factories, compliance with their ideas and wishes did not
allow him the artistic freedom that he wished for.
Enzo decided to open
his own factory, appropriately called the House of Laurenz, a clever combination
of his name and his wife's name Laura. In the 1960s Enzo began the prestigious
line of sculptural scenes known as the Laurenz Classic Collection. Expressing a
full range of emotions from heart-warming poignancy to laughter-provoking
moments, they have received world-wide recognition.
When the House of
Laurenz was still in operation, they occasionally accepted commissions for
one-of-a-kind sculptures. Michael Jackson, an avid fan of Enzo and a collector
of the Laurenz Collection of Disney Characters, is immortalized in fine
porcelain as "The Thriller".
One could easily call Enzo Arzenton a
renaissance man as his prodigious talents extend into many areas. His musical
hobbies include piano and guitar playing. He is a gifted tenor with two years
training at his city's musical conservatory. Since an early age he has enjoyed
writing poetry, and he has never forsaken his first love, painting.
his wife Laura whom he describes as the ideal woman, he says, "her consideration
and patience in trying to understand my complex personality are indeed
admirable. We think Enzo and Laura make quite a pair!
In 2002 the Arzentons decided to retire
so they closed their factory and production of both the Classic Collection and
the Disney Collection has stopped. A limited amount of sculptures are still
available, and when those are gone they will only be obtainable on the secondary
Enzo continues painting, sculpting and
Every chance they have, the Arzentons do
what they love to do together -- Ball Room dancing.
The Story of Forest Lamps &
For over thirty years, the family-owned
business of Forest Lamps and Gifts has sought out the work of Italy's finest
craftsmen. Exquisite porcelain figurines, a multitude of decorative accessories
for gracious living and a full complement of beautiful lighting fixtures, all in
the timeless tradition of Capodimonte, have lent beauty and style to homes
across the country.
It was during a trip to Italy in 1979 that Zoltan
Hecht, President of Forest Lamps and Gifts, first saw the outstanding work known
as the Laurenz Classic Collection. Each original porcelain figurine was expertly
sculpted and rendered with a degree of perfection usually only seen in
nineteenth-century pieces of Capodimonte. The handcrafted figures seemed full of
movement, a priceless moment captured in time, sometimes poignant and wistful,
and other times full of humor.
Mr. Hecht made the acquaintance of the
artist Enzo Arzenton and his lovely wife, Laura, who managed the business
operations of "The House of Laurenz". In a short time, the Laurenz Classic
Collection became an important part of our business. The artist's masterful
achievements in intricate modeling and realistic portrayal of characters found
an immediate and widespread audience here in America.
In 1983 Forest
Lamps and Gifts began an association with Disney Collectibles and were granted a
license to sell Disney sculptures created by the House of Laurenz in the
tradition of Capodimonte. It was a magical moment!
Many of you know that
our first Disney sculpture ,"Having Dinner with Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs,
was retired at 1000 pieces and is a sold-out edition. With the Dwarfs generally
misbehaving and Snow White trying her best to keep order, it breathes life and
animated movement. Since then, forty delightful collectible figurines and
sculptures have been handcrafted by the House of Laurenz, each a shining star in
our parade of Disney characters.
For each sculpture from the Laurenz
Collection of Disney Characters, we determine a maximum number for production.
In recent years, due to the response from collectors, we have often lowered the
production quantity on certain pieces. By "retiring" them, their place on the
secondary market and their desirability as important collectors' items is
We all have memories from our favorite Disney films ? certain
scenes, a particularly touching moment ? that we cherish. In each sculpture we
bring those memories to life with the characters and elements that represent the
complete vision of the animators and the creativity of the sculptor. The result
is an animated scene that is yours to enjoy now and forever. We invite you to
embrace the magic.
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