after and Not surprisingly therefore, many European entrepreneurs attempted to find the resources to imitate these oriental ceramics.Carlo Ginori's manufactory was of key historical importance; Europe's third china works, it was established shortly after Meissen in Saxony and Du Pacquier in Vienna.Its early wares were of a “soft-paste” imitation porcelain, as were all European porcelains with the exception of Meissen, where deposits of kaolin had been discovered. Ginori obtained wax models and casts from the heirs of major Florentine baroque sculptors Giovanni Battista Foggini and Massimiliano Soldani that were intended for casting in bronze, Some statuettes of famous Roman sculptures were also produced.Ginori established the kilns at the foot of forested Monte Morello, whose timber fuelled them, and initiated experiments with local potting clays. The early Doccia paste is gritty in texture and slightly grayish; its glaze less glossy than most contemporaneous European porcelains.That designer was of course the supremely talented Alessandro Michele, who now needs no introduction.Since becoming the Creative Director at Gucci about a year ago, his collections have radically redefined the label.Innovative decorating techniques from the 1740s were transfer-printing and the stampino, or stenciled decor, usually of blue on the white ground; since these could be employed by inexperienced workers, decorated porcelain was brought within reach of the middle classes, and porcelain rapidly replaced traditional maiolica in common use.
Now known as Richard-Ginori, (following its merger with Società Richard of Milan), as of February, 2013 it was in bankruptcy but in April it was acquired by Gucci. Anreiter from Vienna to head the painting workshop and a local sculptor, Gaspero Bruschi, as the chief modeller. By 1740 Ginori was confident enough of his products to send samples to Vienna and get a privilege for porcelain manufacture in the Austrian-ruled Grand Duchy of Tuscany, giving him the security of a monopoly.
As its name would suggest, Richard Ginori 1735 was founded way back in 1735 after Marquis Carlo Ginori scoured Italy to find Kaolinite, the white clay mineral that is the essential ingredient of porcelain.
Centuries later, the factory proudly maintains its legacy as a —a term indicating that all elements of production take place under one roof.
While it thrived for many years, producing handcrafted product for palazzos, villas, luxury liners and the Vatican as well as collaborating with artists such as Gio Ponti and Paola Navone, by 2013 it was in bankruptcy.
Later that year, Gucci stepped in to save the historic brand and its centuries-long tradition of Made in Italy excellence. Almost two years ago I noticed that stylish new product had made its way to the Richard Ginori showroom at 41 Madison.