Our astonishingly realistic animals are hand-made in Italy using the original patterns and models created in the late 1970s and early 1980s by Jockline, an Italian firm that came to be known the world over for its stunningly realistic—often life-sized—plush renditions of dogs, cats, and other animals.
Originally conceived in Italy by master toy artisan Riccardo Chiavetta, the animals in the Piutrè Collection faithfully replicate their real-life counterparts in form, coloring, dimensions, and expression. Each piece is sewn, shaped, and finished entirely by hand in Italy, using only the finest European-made materials. The result: a beautiful and unique keepsake to treasure for a lifetime.
In the 1980s, many of the Jockline animals were marketed in the United States under the Avanti trade name. But in 1991, Jockline failed, the victim of a deep economic recession in Europe that claimned thousands of family-owned companies in Italy. Even today the Italian-made Avanti animals from this era are still sought after and highly prized by collectors.
"Although decidedly short-lived," a collectors' magazine noted in 1999, apparently unaware that production had resumed in Italy under a different name, "Avanti plush set a standard for its genre—that is, the attention to detail and unfailing devotion to an evocation of the animal's soul, translated as tangibly as the medium could afford. . . . There is surely one for everyone's fancy. And, their acquisition has proven addictive."
From a small town inItaly, the Angeli family has been creating these legendary plush animals since 1978, originally for Jockline and since 1993 under the Piutrè name. A member of the Angeli family is responsible for each animal and personally sees each one—from the tiniest mouse to a life-sized polar bear—through all the exacting details of Piutrè’s production process. Only when he or she is completely satisfied that a Piutré animal has been superbly executed is it tagged and packaged. The tag, individually signed by a member of the Angeli family, is your hallmark of the uncompromising artistry and craftsmanship that go into the making of each Piutrè plush animal.