antiques

Coppa amatoria (plural: coppe amatorie) is a somewhat practical application of traditional Italian maiolica. Young people used to present to their potential lovers such cups, bowls or plates filled with sweet fruit or some  other delicacy. Once the contents were consumed, the bottom of the vessel would reveal a portrait of the interested person, a cherub (amorino) or some other suitable symbol that made one’s intentions and aspirations very clear.

See also:
Italian love quotes and phrases
Perugina baci – Italian kisses for Valentine’s day

 

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There is hardly any term in the universe of Italian antiques that is capable of connecting a discerning collector with something so splendid and valuable as the word istoriato. The word means “story-painted” or “story-laden”, if you will. In many cases it applies to a particular style of Italian maiolica that first became popular in the 1500s. These elegant pieces were adorned with detailed depictions of historic and mythological scenes. Their superb quality and the great potential for creativity caused many prominent families to order maiolica sets that became highly appreciated by collectors.

See also:
“Vintage” in Italian

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