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Cup Database, 1991 to 1998
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illy collection cups started more or less as a fluke. The company redesigned their espresso cup in 1991, contracting Matteo Thun to come up with a design that would be unique to illy, and also functional to specifications illy set out as being important for espresso. Thun came up with the new cup with the donut handle, and in 1991, there was a limited release of the cup as they started to phase out the old cups.

In 1992, they launched the first "artist series" cups, Arti e Mestieri, which featured six cups, each one "designed" by a different artist. There was no stopping them.

By 1993, the illy Collection art cups were in full swing. New cups, different sets, and the concept of "one artist, six (or four, or one) platform for them to create art on" took off. Between 1991 and 1998, there were at least 32 different cup set releases. Some were single cups (like Fossile, or Federico Fellini's Ginger e Fred cup), some were extremely limited productions (like the 100 Venexia Gold cups); others were in sets of six. There were also some cappuccino cups released at this time, including Il Ballo del Caffe.

Here are two tables. The first shows cups I own between 1991 and 1998. The next list is the cups I don't own (but would like - so if you have any of them, email me at mark@coffeekid.com).

Cups I Own - 1991-1998
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1993Prima Collezione
Artist: Simone Meentzen
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1995Spirali (bar set only)
Artist: Roberta Pietrobelli
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1996Videogrammi
Artist: Nam June Paik
Italian Riviera
Artist: James Rosenquist
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1997Il Ballo Del Caffe (cappuccino)
Artist: Sandro Chia
Roma Aeterna
Artist: A.R. Penck
Fossile (single cup)
Artist: Paolo Rossetti
Venexia (White, single cup)
Artist: Luca Trazzi
1998World Cups
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg
Laietana (single cup)
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Cups I Do Not Own - 1991-1998
1991The White Cup
Artist: Matteo Thun
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1992Arti e Mestieri
Artist: Multiple artists
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1993La Creativita Non Ha Confini
Artist: Multiple artists
Facce Italiane (6 cups)
Artist: Sandro Chia
Pompeii (7th cup)
Artist: Sandro Chia
Ginger e Fred (single cup)
Artist: Federico Fellini
1994Ceramica 1 (single cup)
Artist: Marino Marini
Braccia, Arti, Piedi, Parti (6 cappa cups)
Artist: Andrea Manetti
Trazzine (6 cups)
Artist: Luca Trazzi
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1995China (6 cups)
Artist: An Du
Teatro (single cup)
Artist: Emanuele Luzzati
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1996Videogramma (7th cup)
Artist: Nam June Paik
Basket Play Ground (6 cups)
Artist: Paolo Kervischer
Beach Plaza (single cup)
Artist: Luca Trazzi
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1997Il Ballo Del Caffe (6 cups)
Artist: Sandro Chia
Mambo (7th cup)
Artist: Sandro Chia
Stati D'Animo (6 cups)
Artist: Mario Giacomelli
Venexia Silver and Gold (2 cups)
Artist: Luca Trazzi
1998Los Ninos (6 cups)
Artist: Multiple
Silver Cup
Artist: David Byrne
Paris Cup (World Cups extra)
Artist: Robert Rauschenberg
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Again, if you have any cups in my "do not own" list, and want to sell or trade, email me at mark@coffeekid.com.

Other Parts of the Illy Art Collection Cups Section.
illy Collections for Sale or Trade Cup Database, 1999 to 2005
Over the years I've gotten many emails asking if I would sell one or more of my sets - I'm always hesitant to do so, because I'd rather trade - but here it is - my active "for sale or trade" listings with firm prices and trade suggestions. [ more ] Things really got rolling with Illy and their collector cups by the late 1990s. It seems they are coming out with more and more cups each year. Here's what I got, and what I want. :) [ more ]
Cup Photos and Stories, 1991-1999 Cup Photos and Stories, 1999-2005
As my collection of illy collection cups from 1991 to 1999 continues to grow, I'll photograph and document some of them inside this section. [ more ] I don't have photos of all my cups from this period (yet), but I have photographed many of them. I've also included some stories about how I obtained the cups. [ more ]

Illy cup collecting is a big deal to me. I have over 60 different sets in the collection (I think they're up to 95 total sets or single cups now). I imagine there's people in N. America who own more sets than I do, but I haven't found them yet. :)


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