TO PRESERVE, EXPERIENCE AND CELEBRATE THE ITALIAN CULTURE
412 Columbus Ave. San Francisco, CA
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Biordi Art Imports Day
BIORDI ART IMPORTS DAY
Join the celebration in honor of our 75th Anniversary.
"We are so honored to receive this Proclamation from the City of San Francisco" said Deborah Baldini, owner of Biordi Art Imports. May 1st is Labor Day in Italy and has particular significance because Biordi has been the lifeline for many of the artisans during this devastating pandemic in Italy, Watch the Proclamation Ceremony
The Classic Deruta dinnerware is a stunning table setting for your meal.
The very essence, the soul, of Italian ceramics lives in La Citta di Deruta. Deruta, the center of Italian Majolica since the 12th century has over 100 ceramic workshops offering some of the best quality majolica in the world. There are six designs that form the foundation of Italian ceramics and capture the elegance of Italy’s traditional tableware.SHOP CLASSIC DERUTA
These d'arte ceramic sculptures are hand crafted by Ivana Dolfi in Montelupo, Italy. These modern art pieces are hand made scuptures and can be used as a planter, vase or simply stunning piece of art.
Each Testa d'Arte (Head of Art) is a unique, one of a kind piece. The modern art piece is a statue and also a planter. The Italian ceramiche detail is all hand made and painted, a unique, one of a kind.Shop Ceramiche d'Arte Dolfi
This is the biggest sale ever with hundred's of products on sale.
By offering these first quality ceramics, we are able to move inventory, so we can bring in new stunning - joyous products and provide continued work for our artisans in Italy in the new year. We are committed to a better 2021 with your support.
Introducing DOMIZIANI. Roberto Domiziani established the business in 1987. Starting in traditional Deruta pottery designs, the company has evolved into offering one of the truly most modern and innovative Italian majolica designs coming out of Perugia. By merging nature and art they produce products into unique works of art.SHOP DOMIZIANI
The wedding day is one of the most important events in a persons life. Today, the celebration may be a small intimate affair, yet all the more special. For 75 years Biordi Art Imports has been the place to find the perfect, unique gift for the special couple. It is certain to be a gift to be treasured forever!
We offer a wedding registry experience unlike any other. At Biordi, you are greeted with a fine aperitivo, accompanied by a sparkling beverage, surrounded by exquisite Italian Art and music, you will feel enveloped in the warmth of the Italian lifestyle.EXPERIENCE BIORDI REGISTRY
Our collection of biscotti jars are now available in the new designs from best selling artisan, Eugenio, know for his Eugenio's Blues. Biordi offers an array of Biscotti jars, from Tuscany and Deruta. Each biscotti jar is handmade and painted using the same techniques that were perfected by Italy’s finest artists centuries ago.SHOP BISCOTTI JARS
Susanna De Simone
Giovanni De Simone, a renowned and innovative artisan from Palermo, Sicily, was a visionary artisan known for the use of intense colors and cubist drawing style similar to Picasso. Early in his life Giovanni worked with Picasso and shared his innovation using bright red in ceramics with Picasso. "Picasso loved that innovation. I express what comes through my imagination, filtering old and new memories, comparing my experiences and my understanding" wrote Giovanni De Simone in 1991.
Today, this art style is continued by his daughter Susanna. Her limited production bears her signature, together with the company's new name "Fabbrica della Ceramica”.
Hand-crafted artisan Deruta is the "Mecca of Majolica".
For hundreds of years, artisans in Deruta have been producing Italian serving bowls, platters, trays and dinnerware. The very essence, the soul, of Italian ceramics lives in La Citta di Deruta. Deruta, the center of Italian Majolica since the 12th century has over 100 ceramic workshops offering some of the best quality majolica in the world. There are six designs that form the foundation of Italian ceramics and capture the elegance of Italy’s traditional tableware.
Teste di Moro
Legend of the Moorish Head The legend of the Moorish head goes back in the XI century, during the Moors domination in Sicily and as in most legends, is once again Cupid’s fault (or credit). One day, a beautiful and honorable young girl living in the Kalsa, the arabic district of Palermo, was taking care of plants and flowers in the balcony of her house as she was used to. Suddenly, a Moor merchant who was passing by, fell in love with the beautiful girl who immediately returned his love. They started having a love story until when she discovered he already had a wife and children waiting for him in his native land. She went suddenly crazy of jealousy and one night, while he was sleeping she thought of a way to make him stay with her forever! She therefore cut off his head and used it as a vase to grow her beautiful basil plant. People walking by her balcony started looking at her flourishing plant of basil and became jealous of how bloomed her plants were, so they commissioned the potters in Palermo to forge colourful clay heads pots wishing to have the same magic green thumb.SHOP SCHITTONE
Biordi Art Imports offers the largest selection of religious hand-crafted artwork in America.
The Della Robbia is the most famous, created by Luca Della Robbia, a 15th century Italian sculptor from Florence, who was noted for his terra cotta roundels. He developed a pottery glaze that made his creations more durable in the outdoors and thus suitable for exterior of buildings.
SHOP DELLA ROBBIA
Ivana and Saura Vignoli, sisters, in Faenza, Italy a short drive from the Adriatic Sea, developed a special technique named “Full-fire Reduction”. The technique involves unique glazes and firing styles, to create a spectacular copper sheen. These techniques offer a modern Italian aesthetic. The sea, an important influence to their family’s history is honored through schools of sardines or anchovies gracing their creations.SHOP VIGNOLI
Featured Artisan Family
For the precious person in your life, nothing speaks louder than pure gold. ND Dolfi ceramics are painted with 24 karat gold paint.
Love of the material, respect for tradition and the desire to experiment, are the ingredients to ND Dolfi designs. The Dolfi family has decades of experience in the production of Italian majolica. Giovanni Dolfi, in 1941 began producing majolica in the castle that dominates Montelupo. In 1994, his son Silvano began an independent company, ND Dolfi Ceramics. Following in the footsteps of Silvano Dolfi, who managed the company until 2009, and awarded by the Tuscan region with Maestro Artigiano's gold medal, the daughters Daria and Natalia with her husband Carlo manage the business today.SHOP ND DOLFI
One of the most popular Deruta pottery designs sold at Biordi, is Geribi, the peacock feather ceramic design. The Ribigini family has been producing majolica for many generations. Gerardo owns the workshop. His Father organized a group of artists after the war and built a factory for 200 workers. When Gerardo was 15 he began his apprenticeship, and started the business at age of 20. Now Gerardo, and his daughter, Claudia, handpaint this stunning collection.
Not quite as old as the clay, nor as old as this artform--Though an exclamation and footnote of gratitude to all of You.
Our Mission is our Passion.
To keep this artform alive, to keep our artisans painting, and to offer you beautiful, functional art you can use that brings joy to your everyday!
Join us as well celebrate our 75th Year.
Eugenio Riccirelli is one of the most beloved artisans in Deruta.
Eugenio began working at 13 in a painting factory. He then became an apprentice for the esteemed Franco Mari, eventually running Franco Mari’s studio for many years. Eugenio, known for his Deruta pottery in geometric designs and hues of blue, produces his works in 12 simplified patterns and 65 full designs.
These are the faces of our artisans in Italy. The impact of the Coronavirus has been devastating for most of them, first because of the threat of the Coronavirus, and now the economic impact. Tourism, a major form of income for the artisans, is non-existent.
Collectively, we can make a difference, and support the incredible Italian Artisan Families that create our Biordi majolica.
Thank you for the support you have given us as we are working to ensure our artisans continue to produce this beautiful hand-crafted majolica.
Biordi Art Imports
Dear Biordi Friends and Family,
We are safely REOPENING our historic landmark store in the North Beach District of San Francisco and have private appointments available if you prefer a private shopping experience.
This dark time in our history has allowed us the opportunity to create some light. One of our favorite customers shared a heartfelt message upon seeing the Biordi renovation in progress: "The refurbishing and new coat of paint applied during the necessary pandemic close was itself an act of hope that pointed us all forward as we looked in and knew work for a happier future was going on; time was not being wasted, even in the face of such sadness."
We look forward to a happier tomorrow and are so thankful to you all for the love and support you have given Biordi and our Artisans through this difficult time.Hours of Operation