Espresso set 6
“Collecting illy espresso cups is a wonderful hobby.”
Every illy Art Collection project starts with the same, elegant canvas: the iconic, white illy espresso cup introduced by renowned architect and designer Matteo Thun in 1992. Taking cup as muse, more than 100 of the world’s foremost artists have created collections since – no two ever alike, and each a revelation.
RICHARD GINORI Cup and Saucer Set – Illy Art Collection 1992.
The first illy collection is called Arts and Crafts: the creativity of art and the craft of those producing the best blend for espresso. Brought together by a passion for beautiful and well-made things, and the idea of introducing art into small everyday items.
The china surfaces embrace the works of Maurizio Cargnelli, Paolo Cervi Kervisher, Cosimo Fusco, Francesco Illy, Luca Missoni and Matteo Thun. Each leaves their own unmistakable mark: many colourful fingerprints, a naked woman, a tangle of colourful sculptures, a pattern of ties, some signs and mysterious planets alluding to coffee.
Richard Ginori green factory mark to base, Italy.
Cups are 3floz – 5cm tall x 6.5cm ; Saucers 11cm diameter.
Condition : Excellent – unused.
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