The forgotten books of San Marino

In time i stubled on a few pictures of the artists who manufactured these exclusife works off art.

they go till 1900 if i can believe the books i read about the difference in artists and time releated date’s.

 My question towords the world:

 Is there anybody out there who can help me to find out about; C.Barrulli, Arces, Bruno Ugo, J.F.Bernucci, Giulianelli, Murtanova, Fratelli Albani.

If someone has some kind off information it would be amazing.

greetz and thanks in front,



From 1900 till 1990!!

Recently i visitted Italy on the quest for information, i became stund that it’s verry hard to find out more from the collection that i’m collecting.

The beautifull party about this collection is, that there are No 2 of a kind and that makes this a verry special and unique craftmanship.

At this point i reach out to you all for helping me a hand with information or otherwise pieces that are in your possetion. I’m always interested and i want to  give these lovely ladies the credit that they disserve.

These handmade ceramic artefacts are one of a kind and they keep me reminded that the true artist(s) diserve the glory of there work!

 I’m just a collector who feld in love with these wonderfull pieces of art.

 What i discoverd in San Marino libary was a few artist’s who worked in San Marino from 1900 till  1990. Almost every ceramic artist over there made one or more pieces. The big question is “WHO ? Witch dates ?” and are they still alive?

If anyone has seen these ceramic ladies before or if you have them laying at home, please let me know, because for me it is more than just a collection

I thank you all, and keep me posted.

 greetz, sven

The quest go’s on !

I’m still looking for information. If you have some information about these wonderfull works of art, please advize me, i’m verry interested to find out more,

Many thanks and please check out the gallary.

Marcello Fantoni – An Italien ceramist

I found some very usefull information. This part is describing Marcello Fantoni. (

Born in Florence on October 1, 1915, Marcello Fantoni registered at the Institute of Art at Porta Romana in 1927 to attend the course The Art of Ceramics, which at that time was taught by the ceramist Carlo Guerrini, artistic director of the Cantagalli factory. Other teachers also contributed to his artistic formation including Libero Andreotti and Bruno Innocenti in sculpture and Gianni Vagnetti in the figure. He graduated in ’34 as a ‘maestro’ of art, and began working as a ceramist. In 1936, after having worked for a few months as the artistic director of a factory in Perugia, he established himself in the stables of Villa Fabbricotti in Florence and established the Fantoni Ceramic studio. Its production of serial and unique pieces had remarkable success at the Florentine Arts and Crafts Exhibit in ’37, revealing itself in line with the most recent tendencies, so much so that at the beginning of hostilities his production had already received notable artistic and commercial attention in Italy and abroad. After the war years, when Fantoni was involved in the resistance, in ’46 he began the creative and productive fervor that will allow him to enlarge his company, reaching at the beginning of the next decade the impressive size of over fifty collaborators. Among his employees there were many students who, in ceramics and other fields, would become excellent artisans and even famous artists. In the following decades, especially between ’50 and ’70, the success of his work continued to increase, his unique pieces of sculpture and vascular formations, characterized by a design in step with the contemporary artistic currents, like archaic stylization inspired by Etruscan models, rendered modern because of their modern handling of materials, glazes and colors. For this original spirit of modernity, his works entered in private collections and in the most important museums of the world: in the United States his works can be seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, the Brooklyn Museum, the Museum of Fine Art of Boston, the Currier Gallery, the Syracuse Museum. In Britain they are in the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, the City Art Gallery of Manchester, at Royal Scottish Museum of Edinburg. In Japan they are present at the Museum of Modern Art of Tokyo and Kyoto. In Italy they are represented at the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza, the National Bargello Museum and at the Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe of the Uffizi. In his long and versatile career, Fantoni has completed works for churches, public and private buildings, schools, cinemas, theaters and ships cementing himself in both figurative and abstract ceramics and various metals, and qualifying himself also in the field of medalism. In 1970 he founded the International School of Ceramic Arts at his laboratory in via Bolognese in Florence where he continues to work and teach.  

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Hungry for more information !

I found out that ‘TITANO’ stands for ‘MONTE TITANO’, the mountain San Marino was built on.

Even now it’s a very difficult task to find more information on some artists who created these wonderful pieces of art.

Any help is appreciated!

Published in: on February 23, 2007 at 1:27 pm  Comments (3)  

San Marino

During my visit in Italy I travelled towards the republic of San Marino.

San Marino is still a monumental place to visit and a memorable mark of ancient times. The garden tower reaches high above the hill where San Marino was build on. It’s a unique village with all the well known marks of a fortress.

The big defending wall’s mark the heavy battles this village was in. The outstanding town gate gives you an entrance the same if you where a king. The architecture within the town wall’s takes you back several hundred year’s. Dozen of small streets give you a travel back in time, for me the momentum towards my quest.

My goal, the San Marino library. For any collector a must within these wall’s !

After a few conversations with the head librarian we became a lot of useful information. We had the opportunity to examine an amount of library books in search for answers. With a lot of help from the librarians we found what we where looking for. Some artists who made these wonderful artefacts.

Marmaca : made ceramics from 1940 – 1964 (signature: marmaca r.s. marino)

Titano: made ceramics from 1952 – 1981 (signature: ceramica titano rep San marino)

Arcas: made ceramics from 1954 – 1981/82 (signature: hugo r.s.m)

SAM: made ceramics from 1955 – 1989 (signature: SAM rep.s.marino)

Sacas: made ceramics from 1954 – 1960 (signature: s.p.a. ceramiche S.A.C.A.S. rep.s.marino)

Published in: on February 23, 2007 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment