Elegance at the table


Ever since the Roman Republic, the elegance of Rimini’s homes was amply documented by their tableware and furniture. For several years, it was very fashionable to set the table with crockery varnished with a characteristic shiny black dye, whose brilliance and iridescence were reminiscent of tableware made of metal, a much scarcer and more expensive material.
There is a documented pattern of extensive imports of mass-produced yet highly sophisticated pottery from kilns in Etruria and Latium, which were specialized in manufacturing such materials, highly prized for the fine decorations that were stamped on the ceramic paste.
Soon enough, Rimini and its surroundings became home to workshops where a wide array of tableware and crockery were manufactured: cups, bowls, plates, jars, bottles, and jugs.
Over time, valuable bronze tableware was added to the mix, in sets where each individual item was represented: jugs of various shapes and embellished with finely-decorated handles, pans, and other utensils such as buckets with handles.
Large food containers are also depicted on the floors of the banquet rooms, such as the mosaic of the triclinium of the Surgeon’s House, which depicts a large, two-handled jug used to pour wine.