Robia Ware was made by the Roman Art Company in St. Louis, Mo. The company was founded in 1905 by Vincenzo Borghesi, his brother Amerinto and their brother-in-law Ulisse Barsanti. They immigrated to St. Louis from the region of Tuscany which is famous for the production of statues and figures made from Gesso A, a form of chalk. After the death of Amerinto’s son in the late 60s or early 70s, the company was sold. This figure of a man sitting with a cloth bag beside him and an arm full of colorful balloons is 7 ½” tall, 5” wide and 5” deep. At one time there would have been a paper tag glued to the bottom that indicated that the figure was made by the Roman Art Co. Inc. St Louis, Mo. The figure is made of chalk and over time some of the paint has rubbed off but overall he is in good vintage condition. The colors of his coat and vest are still bright. Years later, Royal Doulton fashioned a figure after the Robia Ware balloon man.
This would be a great addition to your chalk ware or decorative figure collection. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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1940s Robia Ware Balloon Man