Ricco Deruta Dinnerware - This is Biordi's most popular pattern for classic Italian dinnerware. This pattern can be traced from Perugino's frescos from the 16th century, and is hailed as Deruta's most celebrated design. This is a truly joyful pattern! The Ricco pattern is masterfully hand painted with the original blues, yellows, and greens of the traditional Renaissance era. With this collection, you can admire the essence of an Italian spring or summer all year round.
Antico Deruta Dinnerware - Antico comes from the Italian adjective in Stilo Antico, which literally means "ancient style," which describes the Renaissance's polyphonic or musical quality of artistic composition. Antico, Ricco, and Raffaelesco all embrace this style, but it is Antico that is known as the musician's pattern. Rich, subtle, and elegant, Antico Deruta dinnerware is characterized by a light gray glaze and a deep blue patterning. Within it, one may easily recognize a classic reinterpretation of the Ricco design.
Siena - This black and dark red dinnerware features the figure of a sitting deer. THis classic and elegant pattern is a reproduction from a 13th century mosaic marble inlay found on the floor of the breathtaking Siena Cathedral. Although not much is known concerning the origin of this pattern, it is believed that the deer represents the emblem of a prestigious family.
Orvieto Green Rooster - This pattern is one Italy's oldest dinnerware designs. "Il Buon Gallo," or the Good Rooster, is known to bring good luck and prosperity to the home that keeps it. THis style originated during the 13th century in Orvieto, a small town on top of a particularly unusual volcanic plateau. In the Renaissance, Orvieto ceramics were often associated with the green coloration exemplified in this particular pattern. Today Biordi's obtains it's Orvieto pattern specifically made in Deruta.
Bordato - In the 1980's Biordi's began expanding its dinnerware selection. At that time, Gianfranco Savio, the owner, started working with and encouraging new artists that were initiating a modern movement in Italian ceramics. Today we refer to this ceramic direction at the geometric movement. It has been embraced as the new Italian majolica style. This "Bordato" pattern was one of the first modern geometric designs that Gianfranco helped conceptualize.
Raffaellesco - This is Biordi's most appreciated pattern of classic Italian dinnerware. The stylized dragon, seen as the central motif, was reputedly painted in the 16th century by Raphael, the master painted and architect of the Italian High Renaissance. The Raffaellesco dragon has come to be known as a benevolent deity who bestows good luck and fair winds to seagoing merchants, thus the puffs of wind steaming from the dragon's mouth. It is hailed as one of Deruta's most challenging designs, and its intricacy requires an unimaginably steady hand.
Please note: When you order these hand-painted Classic Deruta dinnerware you can mix these patterns with each other. Another way to go is to combine the "full designs" dinnerware with their "simplified" versions that you see next to each other in the above photos.