Amy Sillman, Stinco D'Agnello Brasato Con Cous Cous - Gennaro - New York City, 2001
Stinco D'Agnello Brasato Con Cous Cous - Gennaro - New York City, 2001
Makes a wonderful gift! This beautiful, whimsical limited edition, signed and numbered bowl/plate was handmade in southern Italy by master artisans near Vietri sul Mare, was designed by renowned American painter and educator, Amy Sillman. In 2000, Buon Ricordo America, Inc. commissioned famous American artists to design plates for their flagship US restaurants. In 2001, Sillman designed the present work for the renowned NY Italian restaurant, Gennaro for a once-only charitable fundraiser. Sillman's design depicts one of the restaurant's signature dishes, Stinco D'Agnello Brasato Con Cous Cous (slowly braised lamb shank in red wine over israeli couscous with vegetables). This plate is a real collector's item -- and difficult to find as it was created in a limited edition and never mass marketed. The artist's signature is fired into the plate on the verso (back) and numbered from the limited edition of 500.
These plates were made in conjunction with Buon Ricordo America, Inc., an offshoot of the Italian restaurant union, Boun Ricordo (Unione Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo). The plates capture the essence of each restaurant’s local specialty, and the decoration is embellished with references to the restaurant, its local territory and products. The rim of each plate bears the name of the restaurant the dish and the town or village it is in.
Going plate was made from local clay from a quarry in Ogliara, a few kilometres from Vietri. After biscuit firing they are coated and decorated by hand by skilled craftsmen using a carbon “dusting” technique similar to that once used for Renaissance fresco painting. Once the plates were decorated they are glazed and fired for a second time to fix their vivid colors. In the early 2000s, Buon Ricordo America, Inc. collaborated with some of America's most prominent artists to make a series of plates for iconic restaurants throughout the United States.
The verso (back) of the plate reads as follows:
"Limited edition designed by the artist to benefit charitable organizations dedicated to bring hope and help children in need around the world."
"The artist does not derive any income from the sale of this plate."
"Microwave, oven and dishwasher safe."
"Printed by Cromocolor"
"Made in Italy"