The historicism in the 19th century

Amphora with “Perseus and Andromeda”

Faenza, Workshop Minardi’s brothers

End 19thcentury


cm 102 x 50.5 x 21

During the second part of the 19th century a real school of ceramic painting was founded in Faenza. The painters on majolica devoted their creativity to landscapes, and in general to sceneries, to mythological subjects and to portraits. The exceptional results allowed ceramics to go beyond its traditional functional usage and was appreciated as decoration for the houses. In particular it embellished the 19th century houses of the Bourgeoisie where the furniture were extremely polished. This big amphora decorated with the “istoriato” sceneof Perseus and Andromeda, is embellished by two characteristic handles in the shape of harpies, influenced by ancient models, and by a light “raphaelesque” decoration.


Pio Fabri (1847-1927)


End 19th beginning 20th century


cm 28.5 x Ø 31.2

Pio Fabri, a Roman ceramist, devoted his production to recover and update the ancient decorative techniques. He understood the “historicism”,  the multifaceted taste of the epoch and consequently created excellent works which immediately gave him a great success of customers and critic, also confirmed by the purchasing by king Umberto I of many of his works during the Exposition in Turin in 1884. He created a versatile decorative repertoire enriched by suggestive metallic luster of gold and silver, finding inspiration in the Renaissance majolica, in the Islamic, Turkish, Persian and Spanish-Moresque ceramics.