The "white gold" factory of the Marquis Carlo Andrea Ginori was founded in 1735 in Florence Italy, and first produced majolica and porcelain. In 1747 there were just two kilns in operation but by 1887, there were fifteen kilns and 1,200 employees. in 1896, the company merged with Milanese ceramics manufacturer Augusto Richard who already owned many ceramics factories in the north of Italy. And so Richard-Ginori was established. Growth was intense under the artistic direction of Gio Ponti, and by 1930, there were 40 kilns and 2000 employees. Fiesole is delicately rendered in gold, cream, and brown with a touch of blue accent. The bucolic scene painted in the middle of the plate is of a country house set among trees and other vegetation. The inner border is of gold leaves. The outer border of the plate, which is rimmed in gold, is a delicate, oval design with a blue dash in the middle. This pattern has an especially pretty cup and saucer
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