Key information :
52 cm (l) x 27 cm (w), wood and metal, late 19th century – early 20th century
The sieve (also called «riddle», or «flour sifter») is a tool made up of a web of horsehair, pigskin or wires, used to clean and separate the flour from the bran and other impurities. To sift the flour, the object was placed on the cutting board («tagliere») and shook.
This piece is a special type of sieve : it was used to separate the tomato sauce from skin and seeds. We called it “grandma’s tomato sieve” because it has been passed down through the Fabbri family for 4 generations : it was the property of Livio Fabbri’s wife (second owner of the company), la signoria Tarduci, that used to make the tomato sauce for all the family.