History of Italian Ceramics

/History of Italian Ceramics

Determining the Value of Handmade Italian Ceramics

By Jessica Graybill From time to time we're asked if we can help determine the value of someone's inherited or found Italian pottery. Because we've been in the business a long time, we have an extensive knowledge of Italian ceramics and we're familiar with today's major studios, of which there are hundreds. However, it is [...]

Trinacria – The Symbol of Sicily

Written by Jessica Graybill Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, is known for many things - breathtakingly beautiful coastlines, colorful, bustling cities, and delicious street food, to name just a few! It is a place rich in history and culture, and its symbol, the Trinacria, is just as intriguing as the location itself. [...]

Sfusato Amalfitano – the Amalfi Lemon

Written by Jessica Graybill Lemons and Italy go together like bread and olive oil - you may be able to find one without the other, but together they are so much more significant! Lemons have existed in Italy since Roman times, but not in the way we know them today. The earliest lemons, traded between [...]

Pottery – A Beautiful Union of Science and Art

Written by Jessica Graybill Many people have become so accustomed to functional ceramics that we encounter in our daily lives, often made on an assembly line with minimal decoration (or mass produced with decals) that it's easy to forget that pottery is a true art form - one that has been perfected over centuries by [...]

Italian Portrait Plates – Hand Painted in Deruta

Written by Jessica Graybill A familiar theme in Italian ceramics are the regal portrait platters that depict Italian nobles. Naturally, portraiture has been commonplace for centuries throughout many different cultures, but the remarkable skills necessary to produce these ultra-refined paintings on ceramics is truly an impressive feat. Hand painted in Deruta, Italy - Our [...]

Antique Giare

Written by Jessica Graybill Several years ago in a small town in the heel of Italy's boot, we happened upon a man selling giare from his truck. Having seen many of these beautiful urns over the years on the old farms throughout the area, we thought they'd be a great addition to our collection back [...]

Il Palio – The Contrade of Italy

Written by Jessica Graybill The Palio di Siena (known locally as Il Palio) is a horse race that's held twice a year, July and August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and their riders represent ten of the seventeen total contrade (city wards) of Italy. The event draws spectators from around the world, and the race itself, [...]

Della Robbia – A Florentine Icon

Written by Jessica Graybill Luca della Robbia was an Italian sculptor from Florence, born in about 1400. Though he was a prominent stone sculptor for much of his life, he became well known for developing a technique to create beautiful, colorful tin-glazed terracotta statuary in the early 1440s, and this became his primary medium of [...]

Raffaellesco – A Benevolent Mystic

Written by Jessica Graybill I take home my paychecks in the form of pottery, so I can relate. The Italian hillside town of Deruta, in Umbria, is known throughout the world for its production of exquisite pottery. Deruta is one of the biggest producers of glazed Italian ceramics known as majolica, and they've [...]

Giovanni DeSimone Original Pottery!

Written by Jessica Graybill We got a call last week from a woman who was clearing out her uncle's storage facility and had come across several boxes of pottery, which upon further review proved to be quite a find - vintage Giovanni DeSimone! We were lucky enough to purchase the entire lot, and I'm so [...]