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Ottorino N. Mercadante Design Drawings

Identifier: MS-0194

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of about 130 design drawings and renderings created for the decoration of Corelle, Centura, and other tableware brands produced by Corning Incorporated. While most are clearly attributed to Mercadante, some have other designers' marks or are without attribution. It is unclear how many of these designs went into production.

Materials are grouped together by design type and arranged alphabetically. Physical arrangement does not follow intellectual arrangement.


  • Circa 1960-1987


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The Copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The user agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rakow Research Library against all claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of Library materials.

Biographical / Historical

Ottorino N. “Rino” Mercadante was born in Torre De Passeri, Italy, in 1925 to Edgardo and Alfonsia Sensisi Mercadante. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice, Italy, and pursued a career as an artist. In 1954, he married Ileana Tarquinio. Together, they immigrated to the United States in 1956.

Mercadante found employment as a senior consumer products designer for Corning Glass Works, now known as Corning Incorporated. Mercadante acquired a number of patents for the company, and he remained in its employ until his retirement in 1987. Mercadante also designed for Steuben, a luxury glass division of Corning Incorporated.

Mercadante died in 2001 in Corning, New York.


3.2 Linear Feet (2 flat boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received as an anonymous gift in 2015.

Accession 2015.009

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Ottorino N. Mercadante Design Drawings, Circa 1960-1987
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
August 27, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA