Friday, September 16, 2011

Capodimonte Porcelain

Capodimonte porcelain is porcelain that has been made by the Capodimonte porcelain group, which was established in Naples, Italy in 1743. Capodimonte porcelain was made as a response and copy of Meissen porcelain (developed some thirty five years earlier in Meissen near Dresden, Germany by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus). Capodimonte Porcelain  is famous for its moulded figurines and its decorative shaped flowers applied to cups and vases.

Nowadays Capodimonte Porcelain is made in a variety of factories and workshops in southern Italy in and around Naples. Notably the Majello factory which was founded in 1867. There is an official mark that is applied to all Capodimonte Porcelain to show it has been created using the proper methods and buy craftsmen who have been trained in the correct way at official schools.

Capodimonte Porcelain is charicterized by its lightness, usually matt finish, attention to detail. Common subjects are flowers, figurines, plates, lamps and vases, reproduction of sculptures from the classical period.

Check out some other unique Italian Goods such as Venetian Masks and Murano Glass Jewellery.

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