Richard Ginori 1735 is still
produced in the town where it was founded in 1735 by marchese Carlo Ginori near
his villa in Sesto Fiorentino outside Florence Italy. He established Ginori as the pre-eminent
manufacturer of Italian dinnerware, and the company remained under family
control until 1896. At that time, it was incorporated with the Società Ceramica Richard of
Milan, a larger manufacturer of ceramics, and thus was renamed Richard-Ginori. Over the years, the company has enlisted top
notch designers such as architect Gio Ponti and artist Paola Navone to lead the
vision of the company.
Today, Richard Ginori is the most famous
Italian factory producing porcelain dinnerware.
Their handcrafted, elegantly designed products have graced museums and
the tables of both the wealthy and an aspiring middle class. Their range includes all-white to air brushed
and hand-painted collections with precious metal decorations. Some of their original patterns are still
produced today. In 2013, the Gucci
company purchased Richard Ginori 1735, ensuring that the company will remain
true to its Italian heritage of producing the finest porcelain dinnerware.
Porcelain is made principally from the clay
kaolin, and is fired at high temperatures which causes a process called
vitrification. Often referred to as
china or fine china, it is renowned for its strength, hardness, toughness whiteness,
translucence and impermeability.