Farina factory, production, Italy, Emilia-Romagna, Faenza
tin-glazed earthenware; maiolica
Renaissance Revival; historismus
late 19th Century
Dish. Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome (maiolica). Circular with a wide rim, shallow well, and low footring. Decorated in the well with a central medallion of Venus reclining on a shell with Cupid standing beside her, surrounded by grotesques, interrupted at the top by an oval medallion enclosing a coat-of-arms: azure, a ladder or with fleurons above and below, imposed on a black spread eagle with gold crown, and on each side by rectangular labels inscribed 'FABRICA' and 'FARINA'. On the rim the grotesques are interrupted on the right and left by circular medallions containing bust portraits of a woman and a man in late sixteenth-century costume, at the top by a circular medallion containing a Cupid, and at the bottom by an oval medallion containing two putti. The outer edge is yellow. The dish arrived in a circular carved wooden frame (A).
high-temperature colours; decoration
wood (plant material); frame
Tin-glazed earthenware painted in polychrome (maiolica).
height, whole, 6.4, cm
diameter, whole, 50.3, cm
bequeathed; 1996; Webb, M. E., Mrs
mark; FAENZA/1882; a star enclosing F over 'FAENZA/1882' painted; F for Farina
Variations on Ceramic Themes, Big is Beautiful?. 1996-07-23 - 1996-12-22
Organiser: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.), UK
Venue: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (Cambs.)
Notes: case 8, Revival Styles. Handlist by J.E. Poole. (42 N1217)
Dirani, Stefano. 1992. Ceramiche Ottocentesche faentine.Faenza: p. pp. 103-21
Publ. pp. 103-21
Dal Pane, Luigi. Lettere inedite di Achille, Lucovico e Anna Farina a Giovanni Piancastelli.
Source Title: Faenza LI (1965)
Publ. pp. 21-46
Cesari, Paolo. Le grandi botteghe faentine dello Storicismo, La manufattura Achille Farina e L'Eclettismo ottocentesco.
Source Title: CeramicAntica VII 4 (70) (April-1970) : pp. 18-27
p. pp. 18-27
Ref. For a brief account of the Farina factory, see pp. 18-27. Illustrates two vases, a ewer and a dish. The author explains that the use of the double triangle start in the mark was because it was a masonic symbol and Farina was a mason.
Object Number: C.16 & A-1996
(record id: 72337; input: 2002-08-08; modified: 2017-01-04)