DAL PRÀ - Dining with elegance

  • DAL PRÀ - Dining with elegance
  • DAL PRÀ - Dining with elegance
  • DAL PRÀ - Dining with elegance
  • DAL PRÀ - Dining with elegance
  • DAL PRÀ - Dining with elegance

Energitismo Insight

The story of a family and the story of a community Ceramiche Dal Prà has been founded in 1897 by Giuseppe Dal Prà, and now the fourth generation, Valentina Meneghini, is a key person in the company.
In the early years Nove was a very important town for ceramics and Dal Prà was widely known maybe due to its participation at the 1907 ‘World’ Exposition. The size of the industry was such that over 3.000 workers were employed in this Sector, and in the morning the number of bicycles was so huge that factories had to have different timetables to manage the traffic.
Dal Prà is still located in the same building, a liberty style facility where the old furnaces that occupied three floors are now shelved to display beautiful ceramics instead of baking them. Modern furnaces now fulfil this role in the production facilities at the back of the showroom and museum.
Valentina and her mother Rita Dal Prà know the story of every one of the thousands of pieces and can guide the visitor to the different styles and painters that have created fashion and style in Nove. They collaborate with both famous and young designers and painters to create new solution that you can find in the exhibition of Paris, Maison et Object, or at Milano Design Week.
The story of Dal Prà family is an integral part of the story of their town.

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Rita's grandfather founded Ceramiche Dal Prà. She has been its proprietor for 50 years since she returned from schooling in England to help her ill father. Rita was blessed with a passion for and understanding of painted and hand-made ceramics when she took the reins of the company.

She led the company through the eras of Japanese and Chinese domination, maintaining the policy of producing only hand-fashioned fine ceramic artware and never abandoning the great shapes and designs that made the name famous.



Valentina Meneghini is the fourth generation of Dal Prà. She has joined her mother Rita to share the joy of a business with a showroom and museum of many thousands of works of fine ceramic art including her own creations produced for special exhibitions and promotions.

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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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