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Saverio Simi de Burgis

(b Treviso, Aug 11, 1889; d Milan, March 22, 1947).

Italian sculptor and ceramicist. He was primarily a sculptor, though in 1902 he started work in Treviso as an apprentice ceramicist, working in the Gregorj pottery there from 1908 to 1912. He returned to pottery later in life working at Faenza and Albisola. Some of his finest pottery consists of plaques of still-life subjects. From 1906 to 1907 he attended the studio in Treviso of a local sculptor, A. Carlini (1859–1945), and subsequently studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Venice where he was taught by the Italian sculptor Urbano Nono (1849–1925). In 1909 he met Gino Rossi and with him took part in exhibitions at the Ca’ Pesaro in Venice, organized by the art critic Nino Barbantini.

In order to keep himself up to date with new tendencies Martini travelled and, in particular, stayed in Paris where in 1912 seven of his carvings were displayed with work by Rossi and Modigliani at the Salon d’Automne. Typical of this period is the coloured terracotta ...