Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (59.30 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gentili - Barnabei archive
    Date (inclusive): circa 1660-circa 1920
    Collection number: 880209
    Collector: Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
    Extent: circa 275 items
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: Principally records relating to the production and decoration of ceramics, especially majolica, by three generations of the Gentili family, ca. 1650-ca. 1813. Included are some 19th and 20th century papers of Barnabei and his family relating to the history of potters in Castelli. The archive was formerly owned by historian Felice Barnabei.
    Request Materials: To access physical materials on site, go to the library catalog record  for this collection and click "Request an Item." Click here for access policy .
    Language: Collection material in Italian, and English

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Gentili - Barnabei archive ca. 1660-ca. 1920, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 880209.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1988.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Members of the Gentili family were, for more than three centuries, potters in Castelli, and painters of majolica ceramics, circa 1650-circa 1813.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection, formerly owned by the historian Felice Barnabei, consists principally of records relating to the production and decoration of ceramics, especially majolica, by three generations of the Gentili family --Bernardino II (d. 1683); Bernardino's son Carmine (1678-1763); and Carmine's sons, Giacomo II (1717-1765) and Ber[n]ardino III (1727-1813). Included are design drawings, pounced drawings, and prints and pounced prints of subjects for the decoration of ceramics. The archive also contains reports and agreements relating to the manufacture of pottery in the town of Castelli (Teramo), with lists of pieces made and objects sold.
    Some Gentili family records, as well as Barnabei papers from the early 20th century, and Barnabei family papers from the late 19th century, relate to the traditions and history of the potters of Castelli.
    Each item in the archive is numbered. One file holds typed transcriptions of some documents (21 pp.).
    Note: the inventory, as translated by Catherine Hess (curator, J. Paul Getty Museum), has been used in processing this collection.

    Indexing Terms


    Majolica—17th century—Italy—Castelli
    Majolica—18th century—Italy—Castelli
    Pottery, Italian

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Design drawings


    Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
    Gentili, Berardino, 1727-1813
    Gentili, Bernardino, d.1683
    Gentili, Carmine, 1678-1763
    Gentili, Giacomo, 1717-1763