Several weeks ago, I wrote about my plans to begin collecting Italian ceramics. I'll be in Umbria next month and I'd like to begin shopping for some ceramic pieces. Since they're expensive, I realize I'll be buying just a few pieces at a time. Perhaps cereal bowls or small plates to start, since I'd use these very day. And that's the whole point of the exercise -- to have beautiful things in my home that will remind me of wonderful trips and to help me feel connected to Italy.
But, which pattern to choose? I had found a few that I liked very much from the Ceramiche Rampini shop in Florence. I'll be in Florence for the last few days of my trip before I fly home from there. So it could be a VERY good opportunity to shop. However, I've done some other research into different patterns and would love to get some other opinions on these.
But first, here is one of my favourite patterns from Ceramiche Rampini in Florence: (Number one, limone) It was shown at the top of this post, along with a new pattern, Fenice, which is from another ceramics outlet. The pattern is more understated, with an elegance that kind of intrigues (more on that later!)
In an unscientific vote on my previous blog posting, Limone and the following, Queen Lemons (also from Ceramiche Rampini) were most popular and I must admit, I love the strong colours of yellow and blue in both of these.
But there are a few other patterns I've seen more recently on the Internet that also look pretty good. Of course, I won't really know until I can actually look at pieces in person. Still, if I don't do some research before I arrive in Italy -- including adjusting to the prices for good ceramics -- there is a risk that I won't be able to see the big picture when I'm in the shops. sometimes I panic when it comes time to pay for expensive things and there's a real danger that I'll run away with nothing, unless I have some definite ideas when I begin this venture!
Some of these other patterns seem a bit subdued, after the bold colours from Rampini. And I'm sorry, the pictures don't reproduce really well. These (including one of the patterns which I showed at the top of this post) are from an American company, Deruta collezioni, which seems to have its main showroom in Atlanta.
According to its website, its "original Majolica products are hand-made and hand painted by master artisans from the cities of Deruta. Our products results from a splendid heritage of dedication and artistic tradition, passed down "from father to son" by ancient artisan families." (Don't blame me for the grammar)
And although I have no intention of buying from an American company when I'm headed directly for Italy, I do like some of their patterns and that's good for research.
Any opinions on the following patterns, on their own and in comparison with the earlier pattern of Limone?
1. Their version of Limone, at just under $1,500 for 20 pieces. Gulp.
2. Perugino, which has some lovely colours.