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Ceramics, Room 140, Factory Ceramics


Coffee Pot and Cover
1954 (designed), middle 20th century (made)
Place of origin

Coffee pot and cover of porcelain, painted in gilt and grey.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Coffee Pot
  • Coffee Pot Cover
TitleDonatella (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Porcelain and gilt, painted
Brief description
'Donatella' coffee pot and cover of porcelain, painted in gilt and grey, designed by Giovanni Gariboldi 1954, made by Richard Ginori Spa, Milan, middle 20th century.
Physical description
Coffee pot and cover of porcelain, painted in gilt and grey.
  • Height: 26.7cm
  • Width: 16.5cm
  • Diameter: 8.3cm
Credit line
Given by the Società Ceramica Richard Ginori
Bibliographic reference
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 p. 127, Cat. 117 117. Donatella coffee set 1954 Giovanni Gariboldi (1908-1971) for Richard-Ginori porcelain decorated in grey and gold coffee pot h 27; creamer h 18; sugar bowl h 11; coffee cup h 5,8 cm; saucer diam. 11,1 cm on the back a crown drawn in pen and ink and “Richard-Ginori/ Made in Italy / G” inv. CIRC.146-to149A-1960 gift: Società Ceramica Richard-Ginori The artist who created this coffee set, Giovanni Gariboldi, was the chief designer at Richard-Ginori from 1930 to 1970, and proved himself to be highly versatile in his ability to meet the requirements of the various factories and propose solutions for the wide range of products being made by the company following the evolution of taste (concerning Gariboldi, see CAVAGNA DIGUALDANA 2010, DELLAPIANA 2010, p. 97-100 and S.Cretella, in LA FORZA DELLAMODERNITÀ 2013, cat. 216-239, p. 248-260 and 366-369). This coffee service, Donatella, along with the Ulpia tea set (cat. 116) and a set of Arlecchino cups was presented at the tenth Triennale in Milan in 1954 (RUCELLAI 2007, p. 72-77) and, starting in the early 1960s, it represented the most avant-garde object in the luxury range of domestic porcelain being produced by Richard-Ginori which, in that era, was mainly oriented toward traditional styles. The three sets were advertised in a single leaflet with modern, sophisticated graphics (partially illustrated in CAVAGNADIGUALDANA 2010,p. 72- 73).The elegant shapes of the different pieces that make up the set reveal the intention of impressing the most sophisticated public and critics at the Triennale: the long, narrow spout of the coffee pot and the slender handles make it a model of fragile luxury in which the aesthetic element prevails over the functional one. Besides the refined decoration with grey and gold bands, the set was available in pastel colours (RUCELLAI 2007, p. 77, fig. 18). In the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza there is also an example with a geometric decor in black, green and gold, which was donated in 1955 by the Richard-Ginori company (inv. 7147-7151). O.R. Bibliography: WAKEFIELD 1968, p. 307, fig. 900
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Record createdOctober 24, 2008
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