The ashtray takes its name from the village in which it is made. Deruta is a small town nestled in the heart of the Italian peninsula in the hilly region of Umbria. Many villages throughout Italy are renowned for skill in a certain trade. Some towns have a famous wine or cheese, others are skilled at glass blowing or fabric design. Deruta carries on a celebrated tradition for hand-painted ceramics, called majolica, which is a tradition dating back to the fifteenth century.
The Deruta ceramic ashtrays, which a company spokesman says are made especially in this village for OneOff, are fashioned into a triangular shape with a circular well in the center in which to ash your cigar. The OneOff logo, a white "peace" symbol set against a red backdrop, is hand-painted in the center of the white-colored triangle. Grooves for resting your cigar stretch from the center well to the three-corners of the ashtray. The larger ashtray, appropriately called the Ashtray 3, holds three cigars; the smaller ashtray, called the Ashtray 1, has one groove to cradle one cigar.
The OneOff Deruta ashtrays retail at $57 for the single ashtray and $80 for the three-cigar ashtray. Visit www.oneoffcollection.com for more information.
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