ITALY: Squatriti Hospital of the Dolls

Ospedale della Bambole

Behind the doors of Via di Ripetta, 29 is the workshop belonging to the Squatriti family who restore antique toys and dolls that may have fallen out of favour. Originally from Naples, the Squatriti family started out as travelling actors until the Second World War brought a lack of employment and hunger. This made Federico Squatriti rethink his career options. After retraining in restoration he took over the small shop that is now run by his great-grandson, also named Federico. The shop’s interior that is stacked with everything from puppets to dolls and tin soldiers and the occasional antiquity has the comforting smell of plaster and wax that gives the visitor a feeling of stepping back in time. Federico’s original passion has been passed down through the family’s generations and the love of doll restoration that this family has could almost be considered genetic. –

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