Mangia! Whether entertaining guests or serving a good old-fashioned family meal, the dinnerware set is just as important as the secret ingredients passed from generation to generation. Revered for their brilliant colors and centuries-old production techniques, Italian pottery dinnerware of the majolica tradition make fabulous additions to any dinnerware collection.
Hand crafted and decorated, dinnerware from Italy are functional works of art. Each piece dazzles the eye with brilliant colors and ornate patterns. In keeping with tradition, many of these motifs are inspired by the art of ancient Rome and life in old Italy. Some plates from Italy display characteristics of Italian Master artists like Perugino and Raffaello, while others may be reminiscent of the pre-Christian Greek settlements in Southeastern Italy. The Sicilian designs in Italian dinnerware often exhibit the various fruits which thrive along the Mediterranean like the lemon and orange blossom. Italian pottery from the Deruta region is noted for its radiant, kaleidoscopic patterns. Many of these decorative customs in Italian dinnerware plates date back to the Renaissance and the Archaic period of the 1300s, still adored and admired by Italians and fine art gourmands the world over.
The sense of joy and community surrounding every meal is an intrinsic element of Italian society and is represented in every piece of Italian pottery dinnerware. Serving on sets like these is not only a signature of refined taste, but a preservation and continuation of old-world values and folk traditions. There are only a few families and apprentices left who are still hand-producing these bold and timeless pieces in the majolica technique, making them some of the most rare and sought-after of their kind. As durable as they are beautiful, Italian plates, platters and dinnerware sets are destined to be the delight of family gatherings and dinner parties for generations to come.
Italian pottery dinnerware bring each meal to life with the singular vivaciousness of Italian culture.