A unique early 20th century Italian lustre earthenware or ceramica tea set by Alfredo Santarelli (1874-1957) The set features hand-painted design with cameos of Roman warriors surrounded by Grotesques and finished in a lustre glaze.
Alfredo Santarelli opened his first studio in 1910 in Gauldo Tadino, but by that time, was already a well-known and respected ceramicist. During his lifetime, he won many prestigious awards and was even bestowed the privilege of displaying the Royal Coat of Arms in his catalogues by King Vittorio Emmanuelle II, who was an ardent admirer of his work. His pieces can be found in many museums and private collections of Italian pottery.
The set is in excellent condition. Sizes:
Teapot - 7" H x 10" W (spout to handle)
Sugar Bowl - 5" H x 5 ½" W
Covered Cream - 5 ½" H x 7 ½" W (spout to handle)
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