The National Gallery of Palazzo Spinola, connecting to the themes illustrated by the current exhibition at Palazzo Reale "Mogano, Ebano, Oro!" dedicated to art interiors in Genoa in the nineteenth century, it presents the sumptuous table set linked to the marriage of Albina Carlevaro with Gian Battista Figari celebrated in October 1887 in Genoa in the Basilica of Santa Maria delle Vigne. The exhibition runs from 14 October 2020 to 10 October 2021.
The meeting of the groom with Albina took place, on his return to Italy, following the business contacts of her father with the company "Figari & Marini" in Uruguay (for which the daughter Albina was born in Montevideo). The sumptuousness of the table is indicative of the standard of living of the young couple, belonging to the Genoese high bourgeois society of the late nineteenth century, the equipment of which is now proposed in the dining room of Palazzo Spinola.
The protagonist is the monumental set of dishes, over 250 pieces, marked "Ashwurth Bros. Hanley Primavesi & sons, Cardiff", a company active between 1850 and 1915 with offices in Cardiff and Swansea, coastal cities of Wales, and the cutlery in silver engraved with the initials of the groom "GBF" ordered in Genoa from the "Factory and Depot of Silverware and Goldsmithing of Pasquale Pisano & Figli", which was based in Contrada San Vincenzo in Porta Romana n. 27.
The rich set of glasses with gold decorations and the crystal and bronze centerpiece of Baccarat, the first crystal manufacture in France, purchased during the honeymoon in Paris, an essential stop for social life and shopping, complete each place setting.