Ceramic Desimone Mugs - Pair




Pair of ceramic mugs designed by Giovanni De Simone. Manufactured by himself circa 1960. Thrown to the wheel clay shaped ... more


5.25ʺW × 3.75ʺD × 4.375ʺH
Excellent Minor wear consistent with age and history


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  • "Carolyn: thanks!"

    March 5, 2016, 9:38 a.m.

  • "Also, from what I understand Giovanni Desimone signed the pieces he personally made on a painted area of the piece where it could be seen without the piece being turned over. He probably supervised the production of these mugs which may or may not be food safe but he probably did not make them himself. They are indeed very nice decorative pieces!"

    March 4, 2016, 5:16 p.m.

  • "part (3): not all the dishes are affected. If you have some of DeSimone's pieces, check with the retailer who sold them to you for details on the recall."

    March 4, 2016, 5:10 p.m.

  • "part (2): ...department stores and boutiques. The bottom of most of the items are stamped, ''DeSimone, Italy.'' Lead glazes are used in pottery to make the dishes shiny, and impervious to water and dirt. When the glazes are properly formulated, applied and fired, the lead is sealed into the pottery's surface. Improperly applied glazes can interact with the acid in various foods and cause the lead to be released. Purely decorative items by this designer, such as ashtrays and vases, are safe to use, and"

    March 4, 2016, 5:09 p.m.

  • "Here's some info in the Orlando Sentinel: Designer Dishes Pose A Danger December 23, 1987|By Lisa M. Keefe of the Sentinel Staff The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has recalled handmade pottery dishes by Italian designer Giovanni DeSimone, including his distinctive fish- shaped plates, because FDA tests have shown levels of lead in some dishes exceeded the agency's safety standard by 50 times or more. The dishes feature bright colors and Italian folk and abstract designs, and are sold in departme"

    March 4, 2016, 5:07 p.m.

  • "Carolyn: I do not know the exact procedure or materials used on this particular pair of mugs. If you have any other information regarding FDA I would be interested to see it. They are both highly decorative art pieces. Both are signed on the underside 'DeSimone'. Kind Regards, Anna"

    March 4, 2016, 4:33 p.m.

  • "Hi there, Are these mugs food safe? Most Desimone pottery from this era has a high lead content in the glaze up to 50 times the acceptable standard which the FDA has deemed not fit for food use. A lot of Desimone pottery was recalled from retail outlets in the US. Also, how do you know they were manufactured by Giovani Desimone himself? Thanks so much, Carolyn"

    March 4, 2016, 4:11 p.m.