This striking Majolica dinner ware is designed by Aude Clément, who has elegant shops located in the artistic Left Bank, Paris. The collection reflects her profound love of nature, allied with the traditional, hand-painted technique of majolica. The rustic pottery achieves her ambition to marry cultural heritage with modernity, while creating artefacts that look ravishing on the table.
Maiolica originated in the mid-15th-century pottery – colourful, expensive ware, with a classical subject, imported from Renaissance Italy, Spain and Majorca (hence the name). Basically, the pot was made, dipped in a white tin glaze, allowed to dry and painted with elaborate decoration before being fired. Centuries later the Victorian company Minton created their evocative majolica pieces by simply applying lead glazes directly to the clay. But this French technique is the real thing.
John Dory is a coastal fish familiar on both sides of the channel. Whiskered and strange in appearance, its other name, St Peter, refers to a mark on its side denoting the saint’s thumb print (shown here). Simplistic yet idiosyncratic, this design has enormous appeal.
Material: Handmade and painted pottery
- Soup plate: Dia.: 23cm, H: 6cm
- Dinner plate: Dia.: 28cm
Care: Microwave safe, hand washing recommended. Over time, the Majolica will become very subtly crazed or 'patinated', which is a characteristic of the traditional glaze.
In common with all hand made, hand painted items, part of the charm is that the items will vary slightly