National Museums of Genoa - Palazzo Spinola verified

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closed The Spinola service.

The show

On Tuesday 12 March 2019 at 17:00 , the splendid Spinola service will be presented at the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola , consisting of 29 pieces , purchased in 2016 by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, to which a volume of studi, edited by Sagep Editori with the care of Donatella Failla and Farida Simonetti, and around which the entire section of ceramics that arrived at the Palazzo in 1958 thanks to the Spinola donation was rearranged.

By the will of the marquises Paolo and Franco Spinola, a set of pieces dating back to the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries arrived at the home of the Pellicceria even tea. In fact, in Genoa, tea began to be imported, through the English and Dutch companies, especially from the late eighteenth century and is consequently the period from which the demand for services is created, initially with a large preference for silver soon replaced by the prevailing choice of services. in porcelain, a new status symbol both made to order in the East, and in the new and increasingly successful European factories, of social life and living room also of the Spinola house.

To this important nucleus today is added this magnificent service, characterized by a complex coat of arms with the Spinola weapon in the center surrounded by the emblems of important Genoese families related to it, commissioned by a refined exponent of one of the different branches of the Spinola family, which, however, to date, it has not been possible to identify given the difficulty in identifying the criterion with which the various heraldic emblems have been placed.

Around the Spinola weapon, sixteen noble coats of arms are depicted, as if the client did not want to simply indicate the four quarters of nobility, i.e. the nobility of the four families of paternal and maternal ancestors, but, on the model of the French knights, the sixteen sixteenths that is, the noble arms of the sixteen families of the ascendants.

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Piazza Pellicceria, 1
16123 Genoa


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