Tuesday March 12 at 5 pm, at the National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola will be presented the splendid service Spinola, composed of 29 pieces, purchased in 2016 by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, to which a volume of studies was dedicated , published by Sagep Publishers with the care of Donatella Failla and Farida Simonetti, and around which the entire section of ceramics that arrived at the Palace in 1958 was reorganized thanks to the Spinola donation.
For the will of the marquises Paolo and Franco Spinola at Pellicceria's residence came a set of pieces dating from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries linked to the spread of the social habit of coming together to have coffee, chocolate and, from the beginning of the eighteenth century, even tea. In Genoa, in fact, tea began to be imported, through the English and Dutch companies especially from the late eighteenth century, and it is therefore the period from which demand for services is initially created with a large preference for silver, soon replaced by the prevalent choice of services. in porcelain, a new status symbol created on commission in the East, and in the increasingly established new European manufacturers, the social life and even the Spinola parlor.
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 with it related, commissioned by a refined exponent of one of the various branches of the Spinola family, 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 crests are depicted, almost as if the client had not wanted to simply indicate the four quarters of nobility, or the nobility of the four families of the paternal and maternal ancestors, but, on the model of the French knights, the sixteen sixteenths that is, the noble weapons of the sixteen families of the ascendants.