Antique Impruneta Orcio Collection

 

 

 

We are delighted to have secured this amazing collection of antique orci with the grateful help from one of our potteries in Impruneta, Tuscany.

These items of Italian history are quite astonishing and date back as far as 1815 with a stunning orcio made by Falchini which is still in superb condition. The complete collection of 14 olive jars were made in Impruneta by old artisan families such as the renown  Agresti, Malavolti, Falchini & Vanni families.  With the exception of the Agresti family fornace, all of these Kiln dynasty’s’ have now sadly disappeared due to the sons of the artisan not continuing with the profession of ‘fonacino’ and subsequently these pieces of pottery have become highly prized and are desirable collectors items.

Our collection was created piece by piece by the ancestors of one family during the 1900’s and all of these exquisite orci adorned the huge gardens of their property which in itself is an ancient house of importance in Impruneta.  These pieces have remained in place until the death of the curator at which time the remaining family decided to sell the complete collection so they may be enjoyed by new owners for many more years to come.

We are thrilled to offer these items for sale and hope you enjoy their beauty as much as we do.

Listed below are details of each individual piece. Please note that we are adding the full collection of 14 orcios in stages so please call for full details or pop back to this page for updates!

 

The Falchini family kiln operated in Impruneta from the 1600s to 1900s. This Orcio is signed by Marsilio Falchini and dated 1815; the same year as the battle of Waterloo.

Orcio 11. H100cm x D90cm – £6750

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Stamped with the pottery name; Giovanni Malavolti. This kiln operated in Impruneta during the late 1800s.

Orcio 2. H105cm x D90cm – £5800

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There is no potters stamp, but this item is from an estate collection in Impruneta. All pieces in the collection pre date 1920.

Orcio 14. H100cm x D85cm – £5500

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Stamped with the Kiln name: Giovanni Malavolti, Impruneta. This kiln operated during the late 1800s.

Orcio 8. H105cm x D100cm – £5800

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Stamped Fornace Agresti. The Agresti family kiln began operating in Impruneta in the late 1700s and is now a documentation centre and museum of terracotta production.

Orcio 7. H100cm x D80cm – £5200

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From an estate collection in Impruneta, all pieces in the collection pre date 1920.

Orcio 10. H105cm x D100cm £4900

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From an estate collection in Impruneta, all pieces in the collection pre dated 1920. Stamped Montecchio with a crest.

Orcio 13. H100cm x D85cm – £4850

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Stamped Giovanni Vanni 1848. The Vanni kiln produced from the late 1700s to late 1800s.

Orcio 3. H115cm x D90cm – £6200

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Stamped Carlo Vanni. This piece would have been produced between 1820 and 1860.

Orcio 1. H110cm x D100cm – £6400

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Stamped Antonio Vanni, so would have been produced during the 1830s.

Orcio 6. H120cm x D95cm – £6500

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Orcio 4. H105cm x D80cm – £3800

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Orcio 12. H115cm x D105cm – £6850

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