The second volume of Ceramics in use in Florence between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries deals with porcelain, earthenware and bucchero from the new Spain, after the first had dealt exclusively with majolica.
It examines the birth and advent of a precious material that came from the mythical East Indies, porcelain, already collected in Europe by numerous large families, focusing exclusively on everyday ceramics with the exception of sculptures. The most innovative aspect of the volume lies in the fact that it is based almost exclusively on paper documents, all unpublished, found in the archives of Florentine families and therefore allows us to give an exhaustive picture of porcelain purchases in Florence between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Among the materials, it is the bastard boulder of Doccia that occupies a prominent part in the context of the volume, compared with real porcelain and bastard porcelain, just as among the decorations it is the one called in the factory with printing and today defined as "carryover" to be privileged because it is in fact the progenitor of transfer printing, which will have so much success and development in English ceramics and in European earthenware in general. The colors are also explored with the uncommon hip and the precious chrome green and then some particular served.
The evolution of fashions and changes of taste are filtered through the purchases of ceramics by some important Florentine and Lucca noble families, as well as by those of the Grand Ducal Court.
Earthenware, then, from excavated earthenware to the more common nineteenth-century one, tackled with new studies and with a large amount of documentary evidence to end up with the "bucchero of the new Spain", of which, however, we do not want to reveal anything.
All enriched by detailed apparatus and numerous explanatory tables.