The tradition of the “istoriato” majolica went on to be successful in the areas of Castelli and Naples where clever masters such as the Grue and Lorenzo Salandra worked; in Siena and San Quirico d’Orcia, in Tuscany with the works by Bartolomeo Terchi and Ferdinando Maria Campani; in Savona first with the works by Guidobono and later Giovanni Agostino Ratti.
The passion for the exotic trends and the emerging of national commercial societies, such as the East India Company, which connected Eastern and Western markets, determined, starting from the 17th century, the importation in Europe of a great quantity of Chinese porcelains, in particular the blue and white typology. This tendency gave rise to the “Chinoiserie” fashion, fully established during the 18th century. A rich repertoire of exotic flowers, pagodas, little Oriental figures, was acquired and interpreted in a personal way by all the Italian ceramic manufactures. At the same time European style decorations emerged: “Bérain”, “rocaille” and “lambrequins” patterns, figures from the Italian Comedy of the Art, baroque fruit compositions and a great variety of naturalistic flowers.
Faenza, Ferniani workshop
Second half 18th century
cm 32.5 x 27.6 x 22