Continuing the visit across the “piano nobile” first floor, in room 3 the Royal Set (Servizio Reale) can be admired, a unique specimen fabricated in 1923 exclusively for the Italian royal family Savoia and never transfered to serial production.
This precious white stoneware table service, typically 19th century styled, carries a stripe decoration colored cobalt blue, called “blu Laveno”, with a gold line and a golden-polychrome icon of the Kingdom of Italy crown. This service was offered by Società Ceramica Italiana to Italy’s crown prince on the inauguration of the first International Exhibition of Decorative Arts that was held at the Villa Reale in Monza in the same year.
In the next small room, dedicated to Giulia Casanova Scotti, a visitor can appreciate works of the Art Nouveau production of the S.C.I.
Particularly interesting is the 1903 vase by Giorgio Spertini. Its colour is “terra di Siena bruciata” brown, its frame is gold-plated bronze, and its pure form is an example of the blue, with a silver decoration, vase designed by architect Piero Portaluppi.
The itinerary continues in the room (room 5) dedicated to a talented engraver and artist, Marco Costantini. He was an original author and skillfully interpreted the engraving and etching techniques on ceramics, particularly the technique of pure gold printing on porcelain.
The ample official meeting room (room 6) dedicated to Guido Andlovitz is enriched by a monumental fireplace and by frescoes representing cherubs. It hosts a monographic collection of works by this great architect, hyperbolical anticipations of design.
The Vecchio Milano tableware set combines shapes of the 18th century tradition with the “Lago Maggiore” decoration style of 1926-27, and it presents an imaginary recreational navigation among sites that are well known to Lake Maggiore lovers: historic villas, religious buildings, silent boatyards, precipitous rocks, mysterious gardens and all the wealth of images in a marvelous landscape.
Objects or really contemporary design are exposed in the showcases. Fruit bowls, amphora vases, columns, sweets trays, jewel boxes, candlesticks: they all present a pure design and extra-modern finishing. Ceramic objects are decorated in a selective monochromy or by using glazes which, exploiting chemical mixes, produce random, unexpected, and perfectly artistic effects like trickling down, splotches, moiré.