Presented for sale is an early 20th century Italian Lusterware tea set made by Alfredo Santarelli (1874-1957) The set features hand-painted designs with cameos of Roman warriors surrounded by Grotesques and finished in a luster glaze. The three-piece set consists of a teapot with cover, a creamer with cover and a sugar bowl with cover.
Alfredo Santarelli was born in Gualdo, Tandino in 1874 and opened his first studio in 1899. He quickly became recognized as a major talent in the region of Umbria famous for its potters. He became renown for the skill with which he applied tin glazed finishes and for the precision of his artistic drawings. 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)