First ILLY ESPRESSO ART COLLECTION 1992 ARTS AND CRAFTS, rarity!
Series: ARTS AND CRAFTS - 1992
Detailed information about artists and series can be found on the homepage of Illy under
ILLY ART COLLECTION - THE CUPS
Manufacturer: Richard Ginori
Delivery as shown:
- 6 original Illy espresso cups and saucer, unused in original packaging
- 1 original Illy booklet about the series with Erläuterungen for each artist and each motif
The Facce Italiane 1993 espresso set was designed by just one artist. Contemporary artist Sandra Chia ( born 1946 in Florence ) decorated the cups with the faces of the people of six Italian Cities (
6 espresso cups signed and numbered still in the original packaging.
Unlike the two Arti e Mestieri series, the Facce Italiane espresso set was designed by just one artist. Contemporary Art artist Sandro Chia (born 1946 in Florence) decorated the cups with faces of the people of six Italian cities (Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena, Venice and Trieste).
It seems that illy did not exactly know how to precede with the collection cups.
Maybe that they came up with the idea to produce some of the same signed and numbered series for longer times, just with a different year (1993, 1994 and 1995).
The first collection series was produced in September 1993 and says "illy collection 1993". The second one is from 1994 which says "illy collection 1994".
In 1995 there was another version, made by Mitterteich (instead of Richard Ginori).
On the inside of the cups of this version the inscription says "illy collection" and on the bottom it says "illy collection 1995".
So the year moved from the inside to the bottom.