The Grazia Museum is a historical museum which documents the origins and developments of the Grazia factory through samples of production since 1800 and majolica fragments dating back to the 1500s. It is housed within the walls of the Grazia factory which is itself a working museum as production still takes place in the same building built in 1922 by Ubaldo Grazia and his associates and the furnishings have remained almost unaltered. Parts of the collection were originally collected and organized by Milziade Magnani, (1883-1951), in his position as administrative president of Anonima Combattente G. Grazia (1923-193). In 2001, the collection was reorganized by the renowned ceramics expert, Giulio Busti and the display space was redesigned by architect Enrico Da Gai’s layout. The Grazia Museum is included in the museums network of Umbria..
The present collection is made up of nearly 700 works of art, divided into the following sections:
Antique ceramics and fragments from the Deruta area dating from the 15th to 17th centuries. The pieces on display are rare and the fragments were discovered in old kiln dumps and are mounted on panels and displayed in the painting room and the museum.They are used for training purposes and as inspiration in the creation of new patterns.
The Grazia Factory production from 1800 to 1900 when the factory was located in the center of Deruta, which includes works of Giuseppe Grazia, Angelo Micheletti, Alpinolo Magnini and Ubaldo Grazia. These artists are credited with the revival of the artistic traditions of Deruta.
The Grazia factory production by Ubaldo Grazia from 1900-1920, for study, iconographic research and technical purposes.Documentation on the opening of the new Grazia factory renamed “Ditta Grazia Giuseppe Deruta. Riproduzione Artistiche in Maiolica” at its current location by Ubaldo Grazia on May, 1922. Works by Ubaldo Grazia, in particular his experiments with lustre are on display.
Grazia factory production from 1922-1990 displaying a range of popular forms and patterns by Grazia’s master painters.This section consists primarily of renaissance and 16th century reproductions of jars, pitchers, vases, jugs, goblets, table ware and pharmacy jars in traditional patterns of ricco Deruta, grotesque, arabesco, calligrafico and punto Assisi. Grazia’s most significant master artists between 1922 and 1960 include:Ubaldo Grazia, Americo Lunghi (1884-1952), Feliciano Mariotti (1899-1981), Serafino Volpi (1897-1963), Francesco Mari (1906-1967), Antonio Barbetti (1908-1982), Luigi Vincioli (1909-1997) and Virgilio Spaccini (1916-1996).
Ceramics produced at the Grazia factory by invited visiting artists including Virgilio Retrosi (1926) and Giuseppe Sebesta (1965).
UBALDO GRAZIA AT BRITISH MUSEUM
Upon kind request by Timothy Wilson, one of the most famous researchers of Italian Renaissance ceramics and long term collaborator of the British museum of London and the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford, Ubaldo Grazia decided to donate to the British museum itself, one of the most important pieces from the collection. The piece in question is a decorative plate made using the golden lustre technique, at the beginning of the last century by Ubaldo Grazia, grandfather of the actual owner.The plate, a reproduction of a renaissance work of art, is now on exhibition at the London museum next to an original from 1500 and has been inserted in the catalogue “Italian Renaissance ceramics” published recently by the British Museum.
THE CATOLOGUE of '20
The U. Grazia factory’s 1929 Catalog documented the most popular shapes and designs produced for the elite American and British markets. The designs came primarily from the 1500-1600’s, including ricco deruta, grottesche, arabesco, calligrafico and orvietano. A highlight of the catalog was “moresco fogliame e oro blu”, which was a long lost luster technique rediscovered by Ubaldo Grazia (1887-1961). Although the web site contains only a few pages from the original 1929 Catalog can be seen in the Grazia Museum. The catalog, “Museo della Fabbrica di Maioliche Grazia di Deruta”, documents the cultural, artistic, and historical role the Grazia factory played in the evolution of Umbrian ceramics.
The book catalogs 427 ceramics found in the Grazia Factory Museum that were produced by the Grazia factory between 1880 and 1960 and ceramic fragments found in kiln dumping grounds from 1500-1800. It focuses on specific master painters’ work, design production, glazing techniques, forms and shapes. Also studied was the companys early entry to international markets and the industrialization of in 1900. Published in 2009, it was a collaboration of the Umbrian regional government and the Milanese publishing firm, Electa. The catalog was edited by the renowned ceramic historians Giulio Busti and Franco Cocchi and the introduction is by Vittorio Fagone a leading contemporary art critic and historian. Rosaria Catana wrote about Grazia’s production methods and compares them to other factories and Clarissa Sirci explains how popular culture altered traditional shapes over the years.Clara Menganna is credited with reviewing factory archives to document Grazia’s growth and production levels.