-DECORATIVE WALLPLATE –
Reproduction of Renaissance period Montelupo design
size ca 25cm diam.
There are two holes on the back of the plate for hanging.
This item is ready to be sent, however, if you would like this design on a different sized plate, or personalised in some way (initials integrated into the design, a special dedication on the back, etc.) please get in touch. Please bear in mind that in this case I will need around 5 days to produce the item before it can be sent.
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Ceramics have been produced in the Tuscan town of Montelupo Fiorentino (located 25km west of Florence) since the thirteenth century utilising the high quality clay from the river Arno. Expertise improved over the following 3 centuries, with techniques and designs being influenced by imports from the Moor controlled areas of the Iberian peninsular via Majorca (from which the word Maiolica probably derives).
With the rise of the Renaissance the artistic quality became more important favouring ever more elaborate designs. By the fifteenth century Montelupo had developed its own distinct style, attracting many of the noble Florentine families as customers, including the Medici and exporting it's ware across Europe. Some examples can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Louvre, in Paris amongst others.
Production in Montelupo declined after the seventeenth century, almost disappearing completely, until undergoing a recent revival. Because of this decline the name of Montelupo is perhaps not as well known today as others such as Deruta and Faenza, despite its importance as a centre of the Italian and European Renaissance.