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Pietro Yantorny
Nationality: 
italian
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1874
Birth Place: 
Marasso Marchesato, Calabria
Death Date: 
1936
With virtually no formal education, shoe-making was his true passion, and he created some of the finest examples of the cobbler's art ever seen. He began to study the cobbler's art in his native Italy at a young age, and apprenticed in various places, including London, before settling in Paris. Working from hand-carved models of his clients' feet, he sometimes took years to fashion shoes from antique materials with hand-carved, hollow, cherry-wood shoe trees for each pair. His business was at 26, Rue Vendome. His most notable client was Rita de Acosta Lydig, who collected antique textiles and laces for his use. The Lydig ollection of Yanturnis in their custom-made trunks were given to the Brooklyn Museum and are now in the Met. Accounts that he was also the curator of the Cluny Museum and that he collected old violins for the wood to make his shoe-trees are apocryphal.