After her marriage she pursued her art history studies, initiated at the école du Louvre in Paris, at the University of London, and travelled extensively in the Middle East with her husband Count Michael Riccardi-Cubitt, an Arabist. She has lived in London, Paris and Rome.
Her earlier teaching experience allowed Countess Riccardi-Cubitt to become an art history lecturer very quickly. She specialized in French decorative art and gave lectures on French furniture at her alma mater, the Study Centre for the Fine and Decorative Arts, at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the Wallace Collection, and among others, to future auctioneers and valuers at The Incorporated Society of Auctioneers and Valuers, Southampton University.
In a short time she became the director of a preliminary course in art history at Sotheby’s, the Styles in Art course. Three years later she opened her institute, The Riccardi Institute of Art.
It was then that the Cabinet - as the most representative luxurious piece of furniture born of the humanist spirit of the Renaissance, filled with secrets and wondrous works of art and nature concealed in its many drawers - imposed itself as a special study. A book was written, which has become the reference on the subject published in English, French and Italian.
Modernity has neglected the Cabinet and its long-standing history of fine craftsmanship from which derived all further techniques of furniture making, also called cabinetmaking.
It is this tradition of luxury and excellence that the Cabinets of the Manifattura Milanese carry on, inscribing themselves in the long distinguished line of the production of exclusive luxury wares for art collectors and connoisseurs, on a par with the best creations of the Renaissance.
In emulating the art of the former craftsmen and luxurious spirit of the Renaissance, the modern cabinets of Manifattura Milanese produced in precious native or exotic woods and gleaming polished lacquer, featuring a central painting designed by the artist Luigi Gattinara, renew with the excellence of the past while retaining all the modernity of form and spirit. They can fit in any antique or contemporary interior for the high quality of their design and production, as well as their functionality, as decorative pieces of furniture designed for the storage of precious personal objects and collections.