Capodimonte Porcelain Factory and Makers Marks Made in Italy
Just picked this up today. I believe it is Capodimonte but do not find this mark to help me date it. Does anyone have any info to share? Thanks. The Capo-di-Monte mark is still being used. "Capodimonte-style” porcelain is being made today by several manufacturers in Italy, sometimes with a factory name. History of the Naples porcelain manufactory and antique naples marks. The naples and capodimonte porcelain crowned N mark and Naples periods & dates.
And; how production of Capodimonte Porcelain Figurines and floral displays dates back to the early eighteenth century and to the Kingdom of Naples. Charles was coronated King of Naples and Sicily on August 3rd. His desire was to create a porcelain manufactory of a quality comparable with the electors factory in Saxony, and whose methods and ingredients were only known by the chemist Bottger Charles initially allocated a small building in the Royal Palace to be dedicated to porcelain production under the direction of Giovanni Caselli and the chemist Livio Ottavio Schepers, who had originally worked at the Neapolitan Mint.
In spite of many efforts, including underhand methods, the formula remained a mystery and after many investigations Charles finally concluded that the conditions in his little building were not suitable for porcelain production, there being insufficient space for the ovens and driers.
InCharles commissioned the construction of a new factory in the Royal Wood of Capodimonte, by the architect Ferdinando Sanfelice. The History of Capo di Monte Porcelain After vast research conducted throughout Italy to find a suitable substance to manufacture porcelain of a quality equal to the Chinese porcelain, deposits of kaolin were finally discovered at Fuscaldo and Paola in the Province of Catanzaro.
Charles VII immediately ordered brushes and painting equipment from Dresda; gold used for gilding was obtained from crushed Ungheris and Zecchinis. Charles employed the chemist and son of Livio Schepers, Gaetano Schepers, who perfected the porcelain paste.
Knobs on walking sticks were mounted in gold by the Frenchman Pietro Chevalier and the Neapolitan Antonio de Laurentis. The products manufactured at Capodimonte in this period included plates, vases, small and large bowls, tea and coffee cups, large and small jugs, sugar bowls, tea caddies, teapots, snuff-boxes, and walking stick handles mounted in gold.
Prior to his departure from Naples he ordered the demolition of the Royal Factory and transported all moulds, models and artists with him to Spain to found the porcelain factory Buen Retiro near Madrid, in an attempt to preserve his secret of porcelain manufacture and to leave almost no trace of the origin of his discoveries. Construction of the new factory commenced in September and finished in February and production began.
Sadly, soon after the completion of this new factory, Marquis Ricci died.
Capodimonte Porcelain & Naples Porcelain History -
The modellers at this time were Francesco Celebrano and Francesco Chiari. Perez also increased the staff, employing in particular Saverio Grue, son of the painter Francesco Antonio Grue. Saverio was well known for his painting abilities and for his porcelain sculpture. In this period the shape, style and decoration of the porcelain production was similar to that of the original Capodimonte factory. The factory output was relatively small employing few artists and was destined either for the Court or for visiting royalty or nobility.
The aim of this academy was to return to the study of the antique and pure principles of art which had been abandoned in favour of a more fashionable genre. One of the first artists to give lessons in this academy was Costanzo Angelini, whose studies and nude works occupy pride of place in Italian art alongside those of the sculptor Antonio Canova. Of particular note are the production of two porcelain cases for two table clocks that play minuets.
These clocks represented two different themes; on one the four empires of the world are represented, and on the other the change from night to day is represented. The sculpting and painting of these pieces was executed under the direction of Venuti and Giacomo Milani respectively.
The clocks were so beautiful that two songs were written after their two creators. In Ferdinand ordered the production of a special dinner service intended as a gift for his father, Charles III of Spain, and the founder of the original Capodimonte factory. This service was decorated with images of the vases and pictures found in the Herculaneum excavations and a special ninety four page catalogue was also produced by Venuti and Vincenzo Flauti.
These gifts accompanied by two of the artists involved in their production, Giacomo Milani and Antonio Cioffi, were sent to the Spanish Court.
The artists were not even permitted to present their work to the King and they returned to Naples deeply offended and very disappointed. Ferdinand also ordered the production of a publication in which Venuti was to describe the decoration of the service in French. Gaetano Carcani the director of the Royal Press was ordered to print one hundred copies of the book on Imperial Paper and a further six copies on Dutch Paper.
The service was finished in April and the printing in May of the same year. The book consisted of prints, the first of which was a sepulchre uncovered at Nola. Each of the others represented individual pieces of the service modelled in shape and subject on the designs of different painted vases found in the excavations at Nola, Herculaneum, Pompei and in other parts of the Kingdom of Naples.
At the end of the volume there was a large illustration depicting Tasconte, King of Etruria, presiding over the gladiatorial games. In a subsequent letter to Venuti, Tagliolini reported that the King was overwhelmed with gratitude on receiving such a beautiful gift. The service was thought to be lost, but was later found in one of the cupboards in Windsor castle where it had been placed for safekeeping during restoration work.
Other porcelain dinner services were also produced for the Duchess of Parma; General Acton; a certain Mr. It is reported that Nelson, after having asked their price, was informed that not only these pieces, but any others he desired were to be given as a gift to Nelson from Ferdinand IV King of Naples.
Thanks again him by: Chelle I have searched every site imaginable to find the identity of this pottery mark. The piece is a Trinket Box Round with a pastel pink rose on the lid. The bottom is stamped with a mark that at first I thought was a woman wearing a crown but now I realize that the eyes and mouth of the woman are scripted letters G N and C. Underneath says Made in Italy.
Any help would be Greatly appreciated. I did find some leads in the Naples files but still don't have the identity. Best Regards, What is it? Sarah I bought a 17 inch urn of yellow, orange, and pink roses. On the bottom is written by hand Made in Italy.
These's also a hand painted sloppy n with four straight lines over the n and dots over the lines. It's very heavy and well made. Sarah Thank You by: Chelle Thank you for your group reply.
Can you possibly direct me in the proper direction to identify the mysterious mark on my Capodimonte. The back stamp obviously is from a sculptor or factory. I was pretty much aware of the great information you provided for all the mysterious N pottery marks but I was looking for the "specific" potter of this piece. Thank you so much. Chelle francesco pottery by: Anyone can use the N mark - there is no trademark control to speak of and the general term people use for this type of ware is Capodimonte not a maker, just a general description.
This mainly Italian ware began in earnest in the 's and was reflecting back to the late 's when the Naples Royal factory made very high quality wares. Quite a lot of N marked figurines of reasonable quality were made in Thuringia, Germany in the late 19th Century and made for export to the Victorian new merchant middle classes in England and the USA.
Anonymous Hello, I have a two lid box covered with cherubs. The two panels on top have a scene of cherubs around a basket of flowers. The box's only markings are the words, 'Capodimonte,Italy' along with the number My question is, have you encountered this before?
Thank you for your help.
Antique Marks for Crown, Pottery & Porcelain Marks
Originally the name originated from a nick-name of the Royal Naples factory 'The place at the top of the hill'but this porcelain works closed in the late 's due to war and political instability. Today, people seem convinced the 'C' word denotes a maker, but it doesn't. Therefore there are thousands of random variations of backstamps using the term - all of which have no real collectible value or significance.
There is a decorative value to Capo Di Monte items - what avid collectors of the style will pay, but no real collectable value, unless the items stem from the original Naples factory, in which case they are more priceless than Ming vases. A pair of Coffee pots by: Anonymous Hi i have two identical coffee pots with the letter "N" and a crown on top, it looks like it has been printed on but not sure! The coffee pots stand around 12" tall with coloured roses on the front!
I can not find any pictures, or dates or even value to the coffee pots on the internet, not sure you can help? Helen I have a pair of 17" approx CapodiMonte coffee pots with a spout on one side and a very large handle on the other. They have a creamy background but the front is decorated with ornate flowers and so is the lid of each pot.
They also have the N and crown mark on the base. What would you opinion be on them please, and thank you? Becky I have a piece of Capodimonteold which is farely large in size.
It's the shape of a cornaccopia that is covered with cherubs. No two are alike and all of them are outlined with gold leaf.
You pick it up by a handle that is a Mer-Man. Please, if anyone is familiar with this I would like to hear from you.
Anonymous this piece is about 2 feet high and and base is 12" round of an people playing different music instruments it has the crown mark and also the N for Naples and says made in Italy, can u please tell me if this is genuine piece. Would love to know something about them. Marina Please answer this question - if it is a popular figure of "Gulliver's World" tea together, but there are no labels and signs.
The very figure of 25 small factory defects. This is the real figure, or what it is. Marina G Armani figurine by: Anonymous Hi, I inherited a G. Armani figurine of a cat in a wicker chair playing with a ball of yarn. It is exactly like what others are listing as item C. However, the one I have is slightly different.
All the others I have found have a blue crown with a letter N under. My figurine has the blue crown with what looks like a blue letter S on it's side with a vertical slash through it.
Does anyone know what this symbol means? Capodimonte nun figurine signed by artist Franco by: Joe Does anyone know where I might be able to find this beautiful piece?
Man making copper pot by: It says made in Italy and has a signature difficult to read. I think it says: I have searched and searched to find one similar to it but haven't been successful.
Capodimonte Porcelain – Factory and Makers Marks
Is there a way to figure out how old it is? Everybody else seems to have an N on their Capodimonte - mine has a P in a box with a crown over the box and a lion either side.
The words are Capodimonte by Quio Pezzoto. I bought these in Italy in the 's I believe. One is a 6 inch Gondolier - holding a wooden stick - quite an old man and the other is an 8. I've searched and searched for these but just cannot find them anywhere.
Both are in perfect condition having resided in my loft covered in bubble wrap as they never seemed to fit my room!! Vic I have a statue of a pheasant girl holding a cat with a small dog jumping at her skirt. She is wearing a hat decorated with petite flowers which are also inside the pocket of her skirt.
It also has the "N" mark along with a Copyright logo Florence.