BONATO, BUCCO, CARON, SPIGAROLO - “Bossa Buffona” or Joker Quaffer

  • BONATO, BUCCO, CARON, SPIGAROLO   - “Bossa Buffona” or Joker Quaffer
  • BONATO, BUCCO, CARON, SPIGAROLO   - “Bossa Buffona” or Joker Quaffer
  • BONATO, BUCCO, CARON, SPIGAROLO   - “Bossa Buffona” or Joker Quaffer
  • BONATO, BUCCO, CARON, SPIGAROLO   - “Bossa Buffona” or Joker Quaffer
  • BONATO, BUCCO, CARON, SPIGAROLO   - “Bossa Buffona” or Joker Quaffer

Energitismo Insight

  The tradition of trick-jugs for wine consumption has been around for more than a few centuries and they are found in various forms all over Italy. The first example of Italian majolica "drink if you can" as they are called, is a cup of the late fifteenth century.
The type of "drink if you can" also known as "deception" is varied: they are shaped like a bowl, cup, flask-ring of the basket, carafe or syphon. Many were made for the bride and groom who were drinking at the same time from the holes while the guests were laughing and enjoying themselves, and that's why the name ‘Buffona’ arose.
The buffona carafe, which is part of the ancient Venetian tradition, especially in the area of Nove, is different and requires special skill in both in the construction and in the art. These items are very elaborate with bunches of grapes, leaves, stalks, and branches that hide the real and false holes, they require a lot of work in the preparation and decoration.
The jug half full of liquid is not usable as any other jug because there are holes and openings in the side from which the wine would exit at the smallest inclination. The drinker will have to 'understand the secret' and strive to be able to drink, sucking the wine from the lip while tapping the many cavities that are located between the decorations and ornaments, perhaps at the suggestion of someone who knows how to play the game. In fact, the holes within the wall of the ceramic jug are connected and need to be closed simultaneously to avoid 'drawing a blank'. Being able to drink is a challenge because you will have to find the right holes to plug and that's a worthwhile challenge. There were craftsmen who specialized specifically in the creation of this object of fun that is much loved by connoisseurs.

The Creator



Thanks to Energitismo, in 2014 four friends got together to revive this ceremonial object that was an integral part of the traditions of the ’low’ Veneto. Luigi (Gino) Bonato, a painter and decorator, has participated in exhibitions on Traditional Ceramic Art. Now he is retired but continues to decorate pottery and is leaderof the Buffona team. Gianni Bucco was born with the happy destiny to work as a painter. Since he was 16 years old he has painted in the Nove tradition always for the same company.

Giancarlo Caron is the intellectual of the group and is vice president of Noveterre di Ceramiche. He started as a decorator and has changed his job several times with different firms to "integrate" the styles and learn new skills. Adriano Spigarolo is the technologist and the one who produces the ceramics of ‘Bossa Buffona’. In 2003, he learned the techniques and is now one of the few holders of the prankster design and production knowhow.

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The town of Nove is near the heart of Grappa country, with Montegrappa crowning the landscape to the north. The name, Nove, comes apparently from the old Italian for ‘new’ deriving from the Latin Novus, not from 'nine' as in modern Italian. The lands where the town is located used to be part of the Brenta river,but as it receded, the soft lands that were exposed were found to be rich in clay. In Nove artisans are re-emerging in pottery and wine as well as jewellery, and their works can be admired in galleries, bars and restaurants around town.

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