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Old and new ceramics: manufactures, products and markets in the Venetian Republic in the 17th and 18th centuries


  • Giovanni Favero

    () (Department of Economics, University Of Venice Ca� Foscari)


This contribution aims to draw up a map of ceramics production sites in the Venetian area from 1600 to 1800, bearing particular attention to institutional and informal devices allowing local production to adapt to European markets trends and innovations. The paper investigates the logics of privileges allowance to pivate entrepreneurs outside of the guilds framework, conceived probably as a protection for offer more than for demand: they had to do with the exploitation of natural resources at a local level (water, raw materials), and of the services of a labor force accumulating specialized skills working in close contact with foreign invited artisans. The defence and seizure of industrial expertise was in fact the object of enduring court cases between manufacturers fighting to retain and attract highly qualified workers. These were the actual agents of innovation exchange among European, Italian and regional production centres. Continuous exchange and imitation allowed Venetian privileged firms to keep positions in econdary European markets providing most of the demand for local production.

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  • Giovanni Favero, 2006. "Old and new ceramics: manufactures, products and markets in the Venetian Republic in the 17th and 18th centuries," Working Papers 2006_05, Department of Economics, University of Venice "Ca' Foscari".
  • Handle: RePEc:ven:wpaper:2006_05

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    1. Valerio Antonelli & Trevor Boyns & Fabrizio Cerbioni, 2006. "Multiple Origins of Accounting? An Early Italian Example of the Development of Accounting for Managerial Purposes," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 367-401.
    2. Marisa Agostini & Riccardo Cella & Giovanni Favero, 2017. "Accounting fraud in a pre-modern historical context: An accounting investigation on the use of market (fair) value in the second half of the eighteenth century in Venice," Working Papers 12, Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia.

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    ceramics; guilds; privileged firms; Venetian Republic;

    JEL classification:

    • N63 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N83 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N93 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Europe: Pre-1913


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