AN ITALIAN ART DECO CHROMIUM PLATED ESPRESSO MACHINE
TURIN, DESIGNED BY PIER TERESIO ARDUINO, CIRCA 1930
With twin drip trays and twin coffee taps, assorted heat and steam valves, pressure gauge, the cover with stylised eagle and blue label 'LA VICTORIA ARDUINO TORINO (ITALIA)', with plaque to reverse 'Caldaia No 43137 TO'
40 ½ in. (103 cm.) high; 31 in. (79 cm.) wide
Zarachies Cafe, Blaina, Gwent, Wales.
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‘This incredibly stylish object epitomises 1930s style and would look wonderful in a contemporary kitchen or even on the counter of a restaurant or coffee bar. It was designed by Pier Teresio Arduino and built in his factory in Turin around 1930 to the highest standard of craftsmanship with coffee taps, steam valves and gauges that inspire you to make an espresso every time you look at it. The machine spent its working life in Zarachies cafe, on Blaina High Street, Gwent, South Wales and was in use until 1980. Since then it has been carefully preserved for future generations to enjoy.’— Anna Evans, Specialist Head, Objects
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