Nove is known all over the world as “La Città della Ceramica” for the artisanal production of ceramics, an artistic activity that takes origin of a combination of favorable political, economic and environmental factors.
In the seventeenth century the growing demand and the diffusion in Europe of the precious Chinese porcelains induced the Dutch ceramists to imitate the workmanship invading also the Serenissima’s markets; the Venetian Senate therefore, in 1728, tried to remedy it by supporting artisan production with tax benefits for those who managed to produce porcelain and to improve Majolica techniqueq.
In 1752 Pasquale Antonibon, descended from a family of producers of majolica, obtained from the council of the “Savi della Mercanzia” of the Venetian Republic, the privilege of producing quality ceramics for twenty years with the exemption of taxes. His factory became the most important company in the Venetian Republic for the production of ceramics.
After Antonibon other important manufactures started and obtained remarkable results in the production of artistic ceramics made and painted by hand.
In 1875, on the initiative of Giuseppe De Fabris (a Canova’s student) an art school was opened, aimed at training valid modeling artists and decorators and that today is still a point of reference for companies in the area.
Ceramics has been for centuries an important reality for the city of Nove, that even today characterizes the economy of this village and that even though with modernized and avant-garde techniques, is still produced following the base and lessons learned through years of experience.