I’ve already posted about my Italian pitchers and my Italian plates , but my obsession for Italian pottery continues beyond those objects. So I’ve gathered all the rest of my pieces into this random collection and that should conclude the majolica tour of Italy.
In my early days of searching all things Italian on eBay, I discovered this unique colorful lamp and fell in love. Big mistake. Don’t let emotions cloud your judgment when bidding on eBay. The price went up and up and up to the last second, and I won. But I way overpaid and I’m convinced that the antiques store owner of the lamp in Hudson, NY, was bidding against me. I learned my lesson (and no, I won’t tell you what I paid for the lamp).
Years later, karma was kind to me and I found this reproduction capodimonti lamp in a thrift store in the Poconos for very little money. So things balanced out. (The capodimonti lidded box is shown in my post about Boxes.)
Heading into the kitchen, here is a corner of helpful, decorated containers for ingredients: oil and vinegar cruets, triangular jars for sugar, flour, salt.
And yet, another lamp.
On the window sill, demitasse mugs, a mini vase and sugar bowl are lined up. I did all the tiling in my kitchen. I special ordered those two hand-painted tiles. Then I painted random individual mosaic tiles to add color.
My daughter collects dog figurines and I collect Italian ceramics, so this big white Italian poodle—who looks like our very first dog, Mills—was a must-buy at a flea market.
Back in the living room, my cabinets are stuffed with vases, teapots, trays, and bowls—each uniquely decorated.
An assortment of bowls and cups hold supplies on my desk.
Years ago, I followed a PBS series of Italian language lessons which all took place in the town of Orvieto. So I was thrilled when I finally visited there and could order food, ask directions, and, most importantly, buy pottery thanks to PBS. The cup and saucer, and tray have a Renaissance portrait motif that is associated with Orvieto.
This plate and cup and saucer were also made in Orvieto (but purchased through eBay). I usually don’t collect blue pieces, but these portraits were so quirky and full of character, I ignored my rule.
These three containers are pilgrim flasks (in front of Venetian glass vases) The term “pilgrim flask” is associated with a kind of flat-sided vessel that was originally used as a water canteen by travelers in the Middle East.
Why does a woman who has never smoked have so many ashtrays?
As you leave my home, say arrivederci to the putto on my holy water font.
Until next time, cherish your clutter.