Pottery & Porcelain Marks – Crown: Marks showing crowns have been used since the early 18th century and are still in use today.
While some marks are the basic design of a curved line on the bottom with lines jutting out toward the top, most marks are crowns with elaborate details.
And; how production of Capodimonte Porcelain Figurines and floral displays dates back to the early eighteenth century and to the Kingdom of Naples.
Prior to his departure from Naples he ordered the demolition of the Royal Factory and transported all moulds, models and artists with him to Spain to found the porcelain factory Buen Retiro near Madrid, in an attempt to preserve his secret of porcelain manufacture and to leave almost no trace of the origin of his discoveries.
Ferdinand inherited his father’s passion for porcelain and, as a relatively young man of twenty, he charged the Brigadier Marquis Ricci with the task of creating a new factory at the Royal Villa at Portici, appointing him as director.
The modellers at this time were Francesco Celebrano and Francesco Chiari.
The painters included Carlo Coccorese who had worked in Charles’ factory prior to its destruction and who had returned from Spain to find work and recognition under Perez.
In spite of many efforts, including underhand methods, the formula remained a mystery and after many investigations Charles finally concluded that the conditions in his little building were not suitable for porcelain production, there being insufficient space for the ovens and driers.