Giovanni Volpato


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(b Angarano di Bassano, 30 March 1740; d Rome, 22 Sept 1803). Italian engraver and porcelain manufacturer. Volpato is rightly known as an engraver, but in 1786 he opened a porcelain factory in the Via Pudenziana in Rome. This factory, which was soon taken over by his son Giuseppe (d 1805), specialized in biscuit figures, often models of statues and urns from ancient Rome; the factory also produced creamware. In 1801 Volpato established a second factory in Cività Castellana; it too made statuettes, typically with a yellow glaze.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.

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