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Teapot and Cover
1955 (designed), middle 20th century (made)
Place of origin

Tea pot and cover of porcelain, and orange and white under a clear glaze.

Object details

Object type
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Teapot
  • Cover
TitleUlpia (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Porcelain and glazed
Brief description
'Ulpia' tea pot and cover of porcelain, and orange and white under a clear glaze, designed by Giovanni Gariboldi 1955, made by Richard Ginori Spa, Milan, middle 20th century.
Physical description
Tea pot and cover of porcelain, and orange and white under a clear glaze.
  • Height: 12.7cm
  • Width: 8.9cm
  • Length: 21.6cm
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. 126, Cat. 116 116. Ulpia tea set 1954 Giovanni Gariboldi (1908-1971)for Richard-Ginori porcelain decorated in monochrome red teapot h 12,5; creamer h 14; sugar bowl diam. 10 cm; tea cup diam. 9,5 cm; saucer diam. 14 cm on the back a blue crown; in black/Richard-Ginori; in blue/ Made in Italy inv. CIRC.150 to C.153A-1960 gift: Società Ceramica Richard-Ginori The Ulpia tea set was presented at the tenth Triennale in Milan in 1954 together with the Donatella coffee set (cat. 117) and other new creations by the same designer who was at the time the artistic director at Richard-Ginori. The fluid, aerodynamic shape is the main characteristic of this model which aims at combining formal elegance and fashionable style. The jury at the Triennale awarded Gariboldi an honourable mention for another set, called Adriana, which was inspired by the same basic principles perhaps because they felt that Ulpia indulged excessively in the aesthetic. It is interesting, however, to note that Richard-Ginori decided to manufacture Donatella and Ulpia and left Adriana in the limbo of prototypes. The technical drawings of Ulpia and its variation, Ofelia are in the archives of the Museo di Doccia (RUCELLAI 2007, p. 74-75). The bright red colour highlights the modern lines of the shape but the set was also available in the pastel colours that were more usual for the porcelain designed by Gariboldi in the 1930s and 1940s; a version in grey is in the Museo di Doccia (CEFARIELLO GROSSO 1988, p. 198-199, fig. 196, cat. 110 and CAVAGNA DI GUALDANA 2010, p. 162-163), and a sea green version is in the Museo Internazionale delle Ceramiche in Faenza (inv. 7152-7157). Another example in red is in the Museo Civico della Ceramica di Nove (L. Melegati, in THÈ, CAFFÈ E CIOCCOLATA 2001, p. 54, cat. 86 and PORCELAIN IN ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN 2010, p. 123, cat. 34). O.R. Bibliography: unpublished
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Record createdOctober 24, 2008
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