Paris 1900. Silver medal awarded to the Gregorj Kiln at the Universal Exposition.

Products of the Kiln

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1881 - Milan
1884 - Turin
1888 - Treviso

1895 and 97 - Rome
Competition for Industrial Merit

1895 and 97 - Rome
Agriculture, Industry and Business Ministry
1897 - Venice
Veneto Region Institute for Science, Literature and the Arts
1898 - Turin
General Industry Exposition
1898 - Turin
Sacred Art Exposition
1899 - Como
Gold Medal
1900 - Verona
Gold Medal
1900 - Paris
Universal Fair - Silver Medal
1900 - Udine
Diploma of Honour
1900 - Naples
Grand Diploma - Sanitary Engineering
1908 - Udine
Gold Medal
1906 - Milan
International Fair - Gold Medal
1907 - Venice
Building Art;

1910 - Brussels
Diploma of Honour

1921 - Vicenza
1925 - Monza
International Fair of Decorative Arts
1930 - Barcelona
International Exposition - Gold Medal

The production of the bricks is notable and varied and the bricks have been used in many buildings in Venice (the Military Arsenal, The Fondaco dei Turchi, at the church of Saints John and Paul, at the Palazzo of the International Artistic Exhibition, at Molino Stuckey, in the bell tower of Torcello, etc.).

Many products were fruit of accurate research and studies, both aesthetic and functional, as was widely illustrated and documented in the presentations which the kiln prepared regularly.

In a presentation by the company in 1903 following works were listed:

The participation at the fairs held in Italy and internationally represent the confirmation of a continuous commitment both to the technique of the workmanship of the materials and to the “search for beauty” that had so much importance between the end of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century.

Letter from Cespi d'Adda - 8 July 1897.The awards followed one after the other from 1881 until 1930, notwithstanding the evolution of tastes of the people and the changes due to the wartime events and political transformations. The list on the page shows on the most important awards won and would be much longer if it included all the testaments published in the publications of the time, Italian and international.

A singular event happened in Como in 1899, where the Gregorj Kiln was awarded the Gold Medal. When the buildings of the fair caught fire, in the Corriere della Sera it was written: "…But a few steps away, the spectacle of the ruins gripped the heart! It seemed that a magical force had made the beautiful scene disappear that took shelter here before us and substituted it with the scene of the hills of S. Fermo – The levelling force of the fire allowed the kitchen of the great families to rise of above the desert of ashes; the factory of the Caldaie, whose walls are covered with majolica bricks from the exposition of Cav. Gregorio Gregorj of Treviso, which resisted that infernal heat…" (from the Corriere della Sera from 11-12/July/1899, year XXIV, number 188).


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Specially moulded bricks used in the façade of the provincial building of Treviso, 1200's style. Research done by the Guerra-Gregorj Kilns drawn from antique constructions in Treviso.


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Facsimiles of Treviso terracotta derived from antique constructions.


Istar gate. Publicity post card of the high heat glazed bricks.

Publicity brochure from 1897 with awards.

Allegory of the industrial work, by Falchetto.

Buon Anno 1898          Series of tiles, glazed and in relief.          Series of tiles, glazed and in relief.         Series of tiles, glazed and in relief.         Series of tiles, glazed and in relief.        Series of tiles, glazed and in relief.

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© Luisa Gregorj 2002