These plates are a celebration of the Palio—a wild and intoxicating horse race that takes place in the main piazza of Siena, Italy. Each piece displays a symbol that correlates to one of the teams, based on the different districts in the city.

A plate for each guest: a wool comber, a carpenter, a goldsmith and a ceramicist.

Torre (The Tower): Traditionally Torre’s residents worked as wool combers.
Onda (The Wave): Traditionally Onda residents were carpenters
Leocorno (The Unicorn): Traditionally Leocorno residents were goldsmiths
Chiocciola (The Snail): Traditionally Chiocciola residents worked with terracotta

Diameter: 11in; 28cm
Material: Glazed Ceramic
Care: Dishwasher safe


About the Maker

Dating back to the Middle Ages, the Palio horse race is an amalgamation of complex events, traditions, and customs that have amassed over centuries and serve as the social bedrock of the city. Each of Siena’s city districts (or Contrade) is named after an animal or symbol with a long history and complicated heraldic and semi-mythological associations. This collection is produced by a family run business founded in Siena. They come from a long line of artisans and craftsmen dating back to 1450, who made armor, coats of arms, and flags. The studio is one of the last that produces handmade, traditional Sienese artisanal pieces.



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