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Farmhouse Style

Feb 14, 2017 1:04:39 PM

One of the big trends for 2017 is the modern farmhouse design, whether in your kitchen, bath or laundry room.  We have been seeing this design trend all over from Pinterest to TV shows (you know the one), this look is relaxed, classic and timeless.

Vintage Pewter                                                                                                                                                                   Vintage Pewter

You can achieve the modern farmhouse feel by using Arte Italica for stunning accessories to fill your space.  Our Tuscan Collection works especially well with it's clean, simple lines and pewter details. Our canisters, centerpiece bowls or pitchers for flowers will work perfectly!


                Image: Valdirose.blogspot.com                                                                                     Tuscan Bowl


Kitchen Organization

                                                                                                                                       Tuscan Canisters

Tuscan Table
                 Image: Traditional Home Magazine                                                                   Tuscan Dinnerware

Bella Bianca is another beautiful option.  Imagine a glass butler's pantry full of white dinnerware in interesting shapes and styles!
Bella Bianca Collection
     Image: French Country Cottage                                                       Bella Bianca Dinnerware & Serveware below

Bella Bowl
               Image: valdirose.blogspot.com                                                                              Bella Bianca Bowl

Tuscan & Bella Bianca
Kitchen Image: Pinterest | Tuscan Bowl | Tuscan Canisters | Bella Bianca Image: The Gathering of Friends | Kitchen Image: Pinterest | Bella Bianca Image: French Country Cottage

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Happy 20th Anniversary to Us!

Jan 5, 2017 4:28:21 PM

It is hard to believe that 20 years has passed since Arte Italica was first created by Ann Skidmore, a stay at home mom in CA.  Ann started Arte Italica from her home and the first shipments were from her garage, with all the family helping out!  A couple of years later, Arte Italica moved its offical office to NY and began warehousing on the east coast.  Her dream had come true and years of beautiful Italian products were born!


Early photo of Ann (far right) with our Italian Pewter Factory Family

It was pewter that Ann fell in love with and was the inspiration for Arte Italica.  She met a wonderful Italian family who's pewter factory in Brescia, Italy, had been making beautiful pewter pieces for generations.  Today, pewter is still the backbone of our company.

First Catalog Cover

Arte Italica first catalog cover

early pewter offerings

Some of the original pewter pieces offered by Arte Italica, some still sold today.

Pewter wasn't the only category offered, Ann shared a deep love and passion for Italian ceramics as well.  She began working with another factory who had been creating exquisite hand painted and hand crafted ceramics for generations as well.


The Antico Collection-Stayed apart of the collection for over 10 years.

It wasn't until 1999 that things really changed when Arte Italica introduced the popular Tuscan Collection.  Never before produced, Ann and the Italian factory developed a collection where pewter rims and handles were added to Italian Ceramic.  Bringing a brand new look and a completely new design to the market, Tuscan exploded onto the marketplace!

Tuscan Collection

Early photo of The Tuscan Collection

With Tuscan's great success Ann continued to experiment with adding pewter to other materials, such as glass, and Tesoro was born in 2005.


Then pewter with slate came our Pietra Trays in 2009

Slate Trays

In 2010, Ann helped to create pewter with French Porcelain.


Today we continue Ann's vision to take her beloved Pewter and combine it with other elements.  Most recently it is our Giorgio Barware where we combine pewter, leather and glass.


Giorgio Collection-2016

As mentioned, ceramics also played a big role in forming Arte Italica.  Our successful Pompeii Garden Series, introduced in 2004, featured over 8 styles in 7 colors.

Pompeii Garden 

Our Medici Collection, introduced in 2009 and still one of our best sellers, was a big hit for Arte Italica.


It paved the way for a new look and feel at Arte Italica, taking classic Italian colors and painting with a more neutral and vintage feel.  This was unique in that most of the painting at this time was very bold and bright.  Many patterns followed like Chianti and Amorini, but then came Natale in 2013!


Historically Arte Italica had never done holiday or a pattern specific to a season so we were all nervous.  Initially Natale was only 5 pieces, but grew so successful today it has over 29 pieces and sub-collections like glassware and linens.

Through the years products have come and gone, but over all there will always be products that stand the test of time.  Our Tuscan Dinnerware is still our top pattern, Medici, Bella Bianca, Burano, Natale and Vetro Gold are as well.  Arte Italica strives to follow the vision Ann set forth as seen in our most recent Spring 2017 Introduction, like Eleganza and Notturo.

We look forward to bringing you more beautiful Italian made products in the next 20 years!

Here is a passage from our first catalog.

"Why should it be that this ancient land is still home to many of the world's greatest artisans?  Why is it that the soul of Italy is still the fountain from which the world's appreciation of color and design emanate? It is simply the pride and tradition of the families.  Fathers training their sons...Mothers inspiring their daughters...To Love and appreciate the natural splendor of the rich countryside and to imitate that splendor with their own hands."


1 Comments | Posted in Blog By MaryAnn Hairfield

Halloween Entertaining!

Oct 12, 2016 10:25:13 AM

Volterra Nero

Halloween is the kick-off for Fall Entertaining! But lets face it, there are not a lot of options out there for setting a beautiful table for Halloween but we have you covered!  Our Volterra Nero is stunning year long but for a Halloween dinner party it makes an incredible statement.  Its ethereal black swirls are almost magical!

We also love our Giuletta mixed with Finezza Grey!  Again, such a beautiful combination anytime of year but add in Vetro Silver and other touches to create a haunted Victorian table.

Giuletta and Finezza

Don't forget to add ambiance like our pewter candelabras.

Pewter Candelabra

Seance anyone?

Victorian Seance

Another favorite is our Volterra Collection mixed with our Black Scavo Charger.  Like its family member Volterra Nero, it too has an ethereal effect, except this time we think about foggy nights, ghosts and cobwebs!

Volterra with Scavo

Pair with these spider napkin rings!

Black Spider


Black Spider Napkin Ring-steinmart.com

 Rinestone Spider Napkin Ring-aliexpress.com

Of course keeping it traditional is always classic.  Rust Chargers with white dinnerware like our Bella Bianca or Tuscan mixed with pumpkins sets a beautiful harvest table!

Rust Charger and Bella Bianca

Add pewter serving piece and serve apple cider in our Taverna Stout Glasses!


Vintage Cake Plate / Stout Glass / Anna Tray

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Summer Entertaining!

Jul 12, 2016 10:49:30 AM

Summer is in full swing!  We love summer because there are so many possibilites to entertain; pool parties, beach parties, BBQ's or simply hanging out with friends for drinks and light snacks on your patio or porch.

Decor Gold Patio Party

                               Image: Courtesy Decor Gold

Recently we were featured on the blog Decor Gold for a piece on summer entertaining.  This piece was a collaboration with seven other bloggers also sharing their ideas on entertaining.  Each used the hashtag BloggersPatioParty to share on Instagram.

Decor Gold Patio Party

Image: Courtesy Decor Gold

Decor Gold did a beautiful job, simple and fresh with summer salads, fruits, meats and cheese.

Read all about it HERE!

Decor Gold Patio Party

Image: Courtesy of Decor Gold

Creating your own patio party can be fun!  Keep the group small and intimate, choose easy foods that celebrate the season like a caprese salad, grilled salmon, fresh fruits, cheese and crackers.  Think about the pieces you already own and how you can incorporate new pieces that help set the tone but work with what you have.  

Venezia Collection

The Venezia Collection

Our Venezia Collection mixes well with white, creams and blues and gives a coastal feel to the gathering.  

Tuscan Collection

Tuscan / Tesoro / Peltro Salad Plate

Our Tuscan, Tesoro and other pewter combination collections are simple yet stunning!  Perfect to mix with solid white collections and just a piece or two add a pop of contrast and beauty to the table.  

Bella Bianca Collection

Bella Bianca

You can't go wrong with all white like our Bella Bianca.  It mixes in beautifully and has wonderful serving pieces that make a statement!

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Tuscan Dinner / Valentina Wine Glass / Perlina Dinner / Vintage Pitcher / Vintage Cake Plate / Anna Tray

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