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Finding aid for the Gentili - Barnabei archive, ca. 1660 - ca. 1920
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gentili - Barnabei archive
    Date (inclusive): circa 1660-circa 1920
    Number: 880209
    Creator/Collector: Barnabei, Felice, 1842-1922
    Physical Description: 275.0 items
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    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.
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    Language: Collection material is in Italian and English.

    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.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    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.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    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