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What's Part Of Collection
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What's Part Of Collection

I want to indicate that this is my personal opinion and it can be different from what’s other collectors or even illy is defining as Illy Art Collection.   The major confusion is that collection progressed in several directions without clear definition.  Almost twenty years from Naif, first decorated espresso cup, Illy Art Collection cups represent nowadays one of the most completed collections of contemporary works of art. .Today in 2011 , it includes espresso cups, cappuccino cups, mugs and even cans. Some cups were numbered, some were not (like “arti e mestieri” or bar sets ) . Cups were produced by different porcelain factories . Cups have different logo inside the cups : illy collection , illy art collection, amici collection , illy espresso . Cups had different special packaging or don’t have package at all. You can explore these and other differences here.

So what should be included in collection ? In my personal opinion, complete illy art collection has to include :

  • illy espresso cups produced in  illy collection version (numbered , with exception of 1992 “arti e mestieri” that was not numbered). I would not keep cups of the same design if they produced by different factories, or marked differently amici or illy . I would prefer to have illy collection cups in special packaging , since I believe it’s also represents piece of art.
  • Other illy espresso cups, when design is different from original series .Good Example – bar set of “Dreams and Conflicts” has different design than illy art collection cup.Dreams and_Conflicts_bar_set_
  • Prototypes. Some cups never make it to the public, remained to be prototypes. These cups are extremely rear , and I think they will be like diamonds in any collection.
  • Special editions. I think cups like Matteo Thun 1st espresso cup in 1990 , his crystal cup made in 2003 should be part of the collection as well.  
  • Special events cups. I would include these cups as well , because their represent different events in illy history and have their own unique design . Latest addition was produced to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of illy Café in The Netherlands .

I’m reluctant to add cappuccino cups as part of the collection , since they have absolutely the same design as illy espresso cups. Also I’m not collecting mugs - we are drinking coffee ;-) 

 

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