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  • Place of origin:

    Doccia (made)

  • Date:

    mid 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Richard Ginori (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hard-paste porcelain with printed decoration in gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Eduardo Paolozzi

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Hard-paste porcelain ashtray with decoration of a coat of arms printed in gold on the well, showing a cock standing on a mound, surmounted by three stars and beneath the words "Sans Sonci". The words "Restaurant" and "Roma" are printed above and below the arms.

Place of Origin

Doccia (made)


mid 20th century (made)


Richard Ginori (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Hard-paste porcelain with printed decoration in gold

Marks and inscriptions

'Richard Ginori / Porcellana / Italy'
Printed in underglaze blue


Length: 10.2 cm

Descriptive line

Ashtray, hard-paste porcelain with printed decoration in gold, made by Richard Ginori, Italy, mid 20th century.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

118. Ashtray with coat-of-arms for
the Sans Souci restaurant in Rome
“Ariston” porcelain with decal decoration in black and gold
10x10 cm
on the back a blue stamp with a snake and crown and two stars, “RICHARD-GINORI/ PORCELLANA ARISTON/
ITALY/ 81 R”
inv. C.8-1981
gift: Mr Eduardo Paolozzi
This ashtray, which was given to the museum by the sculptor Eduardo Paolozzi, is an example of the Ginori industrial production made for the Sans Souci restaurant in Rome. The name of the restaurant is written like a motto on the ribbon under the coat-of-arms. Specially ordered porcelain objects decorated with decals with publicity for hotels, cafés, and coffee houses were first made at Ginori in the second half of the 19th century. Since then the company has continued to develop a range of products with shapes and weights especially designed for this type of clientele (CHIOSTRINI MANNINI 2005, p. 26-27, 71-76; CASPRINI 2007, p. 85-86,MURONI 2011, p. 150 fig. 7 and 156 fig. 17). In the early 1960s, for this purpose they developed a type of stoneware ceramic that was particularly resistant to breakage, scratching and machine washing which was identified with the brand name of “Ariston” porcelain (AMD, arm. 5, palch. 4, Brochures of the 1940s,1950s, brochure Porcellana Ariston) and was used to make this ashtray.
Bibliography: unpublished

p. 128, Cat. 118
Frescobaldi Malenchini, Livia ed. With Balleri, Rita and Rucellai, Oliva, ‘Amici di Doccia Quaderni, Numero VII, 2013, The Victoria and Albert Museum Collection’, Edizioni Polistampa, Firenze, 2014





Subjects depicted

Coat of arms; Stars; Cock; Mound


Ceramics; Porcelain


Ceramics Collection

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