Finding aid for the Gentili - Barnabei archive, ca. 1660 - ca. 1920
Finding aid prepared by Teresa Morales.
Title: Gentili - Barnabei archive
Date (inclusive): circa 1660-circa 1920
Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
The Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
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.
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Language: Collection material is in Italian and English.
Members of the Gentili family were, for more than three centuries, potters in Castelli, and painters of majolica ceramics,
circa 1650-circa 1813.
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Gentili - Barnabei archive ca. 1660-ca. 1920, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 880209.
Acquired in 1988.
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.
Subjects - Topics
Genres and Forms of Material
Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
Gentili, Berardino, 1727-1813
Gentili, Bernardino, d.1683
Gentili, Carmine, 1678-1763
Gentili, Giacomo, 1717-1763
Box 1, Folder 1-16
Documents, drawings and cartoons,
Box 1, Folder 1
Documents regarding glazes, ceramists meeting minutes, kilns, and maiolica production,
Box 1, Folder 2
Pricked cartoon, print and sketches,
Box 1, Folder 3
Pricked cartoons on letters, letter fragments and small notebooks,
Box 1, Folder 4
Assorted documents, letters and lists,
Box 1, Folder 5
Assorted documents, letters, pricked cartoon on letter, lists and fragments of same,
Box 1, Folder 6
Letters and lists regarding various supplies, expenses and mortgages, some with pricked cartoons,
Box 1, Folder 7
Letters and lists regarding orders, expenses, matrimonial information and duties, some with pricked cartoons,
Box 1, Folder 8
Letters, lists and printed pages regarding health, education, ceramics and religious matters, some with pricked cartoons,
1578-1764 (or 1799?)
Box 1, Folder 9
Pen and ink sketches/drawings of putti, mythological and religious characters, some with pricked cartoons,
Box 1, Folder 10
Pricked drawings and cartoons, sketches of animals, putti, mythological and religious characters,
Box 1, Folder 11
Pricked cartoons, ink drawings and washes of figures, mythological characters, shields and partial letters,
Box 1, Folder 12
Pricked cartoons (one on letter) and prints of figures, animals, mythological & religious characters,
1629, 1711, 1788
Box 1, Folder 13
Pricked prints and cartoon of figures, animals, allegorical and religion scenes,
Box 1, Folder 14
Pricked cartoons and drawing of putti, mythological and religious characters, figures and animals,
Box 1, Folder 15
Drawings (2 painted) and pricked cartoons of putti, mythological and religious characters, urns and framing motifs, figures
1869, 1874, 1898-1900
Box 1, Folder 16
Typed transcriptions of some of the documents in the archive, scattered numbers 31-137,
Box 2, Folder 1-2
Box 2, Folder 1
Document on vellum, pricked cartoons, drawings of mythological and religious characters,
Box 2, Folder 2
Sketchbook of rag paper with ink and pencil drawings,