"Walter, I need help identifying and pricing a couple pieces of italian porcelain. The term capiodimonte kept being used as I inherited them from my grandmother, but I read your article about how that is a convoluted term and…"
"The symbol on the backside is the Giglio or Lily of Florence and is the city’s official seal. It also denotes that the piece was purchased at the Uffizi Palace which is now known as the Florence Museum. The Museum commissions artists to…"
"REPLICA. THESE PIECES WITH NO DETAILS ON THE BACKSIDE ARE KNOWN AS “FLAT BACK” STAFFORDSHIRE WARES. ORIGINALLY THEY WERE made with flat backs so that they could be set on top of narrow fireplace mantles and still have some room to spare.…"
"Are you sure about the price tag? Is it U.S dollars or Italian Lira? The Italian economy has been in turmoil since the end of World War and stability to the Italian Monetary system didn’t happen until the adaptation of the Euro in 2002. From…"
"The "F over F" mark tells me your bowl was produced by FRATELLI FANCIULLACCI (The Fanciullacci Brothers) of Montelupo Florentine. The company was created in 1862 and and closed in 1988. They produced various products ranging…"
Walter, I need help identifying and pricing a couple pieces of italian porcelain. The term capiodimonte kept being used as I inherited them from my grandmother, but I read your article about how that is a convoluted term and company history. So I am kindly asking for your opinion on these two pieces as to worth / rarity as I have no clue and would like to sell them.. Thank you. Photos attached.image1.jpgimage2.jpgimage3.jpgimage4.jpg
The vase is gorgeous. It certainly appears to be a quality of lusterware equal to the old masters of Italian maiolica. This kind of metallic glaze is probably the most difficult to create because of the great skill required in controlling both the proper amount of metal oxides in the glaze and the high temperature muffle kiln.
The fact that it is unmarked has me extremely puzzled. Without looking at the bottom I would say that the vase screams "Italian maiolica, 1920's Art Deco" and perhaps "Gio Ponti" but it doesn't bear the word "Italy" and therefore its extremely unlikely it was made in Italy.
In the 1920's the Fascists government of Italy required that all products, especially those intended for export, had to be marked "Italy". That law was never rescinded and, as a matter of fact, a recent new Italian regulation known as the Reguzzoni-Versace Law has enhanced the regulation and requires that the term "Made In Italy" be affixed to all textiles,leather goods and footwear whether or not the products are intended for export or for domestic sale in Italy. The regulation will soon be enhanced to encompass all products made in Italy. Art pottery studios, which number in the thousands are and have always been exempt from the rule but ceramic artists almost always sign their pieces or leave their trademark and most have always included the word "Italy" or the town where they made (i.e. - Deruta, Faenza, Albisola, etc).
While I can't answer your question I think you can rule out Italy as the country of origin
I have wondered what this faience pottery vase was for many years, can you solve the mystery for me. It is tin glazed earthenware, decorated with arabesque trees, hounds and stags. There are no marks. The tan colored glaze on the stags and hounds has an oily, iridesent sheen, the blue parts of the glaze look spattered. The body of the vase was hand-thrown on a wheel, not molded. Thank you for any help! Keith
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