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Flemish Flowers on Majolica

15 September 2012

Take a look at our freshly painted ceramic panel!

The flower composition was inspired by the painting of a Flemish master, dating back to the 17th century.  The Flemish still lives of that time are full of symbols and suggestions: the blooming flowers speak of the transience of life and the impermanence of beauty, while small insects such as butterflies and caterpillars are omens of decline. Yet the composition is exuberant, lively, plentiful.

Quadro in ceramicaWhile the picture that inspired us is interesting for its content, our majolica stands out for its manufacture. A  large ceramic panel (49 cm c 61 cm) was glazed by sprinkling.  Then, the flowerscomposition was traced out with coal powder, dusted over a pierced transparent paper sheet, on which it had been drawn.  The flowers were painted by applying  mineral colors with small brushes,  layer by layer, until the strokes reached the consistency of oil colors. Before firing, it was sprayed with the crystalline, which makes the final surface shiny.  The firing at 950°c made its colours brilliant, intense, and lively.

Finally, a beautiful hand made frame, manufactured by a skilled craftman, enhances this work of art.

You can buy this piece in our e-commerce www.ceramicafaenza.it, or in our shop in Corso Garibaldi 12 / A, Faenza.

 

Details of the Flemish painting on majolica

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