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Aristopulci at the Castle of Pralormo

Posted by Giorgio Hardouin on September 11, 2019
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Antiques market at the Pralormo Castle 

Sunday September 29 2019 from 10 to 18 in the historical setting of the Castle of Pralormo the first edition of a is held free of charge thematic market dedicated to the sale of objects from ancient dwellings to give new life, through the concept of recovery and reuse, to forgotten objects in attics, floors and cellars. What's indeed more intriguing than being able to browse around in other people's homes and wardrobes to discover paintings, toys, Photos, newspapers, gadgets, chinaware, Abit e small furniture? Objects handed down from generation to generation, but no longer used today, are dusted off and displayed to arouse the interest of the most curious and, perhaps, find a new home.

An unmissable and unique opportunity for passionate collectors, and others, to find original and interesting pieces, but also for those who want to offer for sale items related to memories of their families and kept for centuries in their homes. Among the curiosities exposed and also on sale ancient clothes of the eighteenth century from the marvelous and refined embroideries that come out from big trunks, beautiful tango shoes, advertising prints and posters, bent rattan carpet racks, antique irons that were heated with charcoal, fabric molds and much more ...

Walking through the sales counters you can also admire some very special scenographies dedicated to table services and everything you need for setting up family gatherings or for formal occasions. Tables with pottery from Mondovì, Gien, Bassano, crystals and silverware evoke the family atmosphere of ancient aristocratic houses, where "conviviality is the timeless charm of objects created for the pleasure of being together ..."


"Who knows what it is?"

in the area of ​​the market a curious initiative is set in which curiosities and mysterious objects will be exhibited, not for sale, coming from the drawers and closets of the Castello di Pralormo. Consolata Pralormo in this regard tells: "... once a French visitor visiting the Castle seeing a pitcher of white porcelain with two spouts that had been passed down in our family for three generations and of which we could not understand the use, revealed us that it was used to make water sparkling!”Another curiosity is linked to a tin box painted black, of English production of the 40 years. Not everyone knows that in the past the diplomats, in order not to spoil the sandwiches on their long journeys, used these particular "custom-made" containers that, once the sandwiches were consumed, could be closed again to take up very little space! This time it will be up to the visitor to guess the name and use of some mysterious exhibits, thus becoming the protagonist of the game: a simple form to fill out allows those who guess to win a special prize!

Exchanges of toys and books

Also on this occasion the Castle hosts, among the participants, two Turin charities. Also in some spaces dedicated to them children can exchange (not sell) toys and books, and thus also be involved in the spirit of sharing and reuse that animates the initiative.

A blast from the past between games and antique toys

On the occasion of Aristopulci inside the Orangerie pavilion you can admire antique toys and games not for sale, plunging into the atmosphere of childhood from the nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth century. Visitors discover toys such as spinning tops, miniature houses and furniture, puppet theaters, photographs of royal children and children at home, pastimes, abacus and children's books, dolls' houses and a Snow White chalet already signed by Disney, games to play in the air open, games of skill, games that invited the little ones to imitate the great, their trades, roles and professions.

You can in fact admire the miniatures of an inn, a grocery store, a flower shop, a schoolroom but also some small trains, goose games, the first "Monopoli", the domino and many other board games and the kit of the little magician. The path continues with incredible and highly detailed constructions, the mythical "Meccano" which forged hundreds of future engineers, but also an interesting selection of children's books, also in French, German and English, because many times to choose books for the little ones were the nannies, French, Austrian and English. More recent because it dates back to the second post-war period but inevitable, a table football gives birth to memories of unleashed games in the summer evenings. Among the exposed toys also dolls: the “Elena” doll, so named in honor of the one who gave it to the mother of the current owner: in fact, Queen Elena gave this porcelain doll in 1911, with a kit worthy of a princess. Next to Elena's cradle, other dolls appear, certainly equally loved by their owners, and a doll's house.

Also a wooden horse, a pedal car and an exhibition of games based on dexterity, agility, speed and coordination, which helped develop skills that would prove useful when the child had grown up: circles, stilts and tricycles, bowls and croquet, badminton rackets, spinning tops and the ingenious English "perfect tennis trainer" with the box bearing the phrase "used by the Prince of Wales".

At the end of the itinerary, extraordinary and curious objects, such as some examples of the first Magic Lanterns, ancestors of cinema, a small "Pathè" projector with the reels that contained the films of the adventures of the Felix Cat, one of the very first cartoons, and much more ...


Swallow: Castle of Pralormo
Schedule: From the 10.00 18.00
Entrance: FREE

During the day it is possible to book on site and pay the guided tour inside the Pralormo Castle which offers two itineraries: the most suggestive environments of the CASTLE and / or the TRENINO DEL CONTE
For information: Tel. 011 884870 - 8140981 - [email protected] - www.castellodipralormo.com

HOSPITALITY': possibility of overnight stay in the RURAL SUITES "LE CASE DELLA GIARDINIERA", in some apartments adjacent to the castle wall, furnished with tools of the past and simple but evocative furnishings of the daily life of the people who used to work for the Castle.

For information and reservations: [email protected] - www.lecasedellagiardiniera.it - Tel. 011 884870 - 8140981