Ornato

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The majority of the pieces in this collection are from Tuscany and Umbria. These regions of Italy are known throughout the world for their production of exquisite, handmade pottery. This collection was put together with a decorator’s eye, and is intended to add rich accents to both the home and the garden. Prominent in Tuscan and Umbrian ceramics are the rich blues, yellows and greens of the Renaissance. Ornato is largely made up of large decorative platters and urns. The urns typically range in size from 11” to 23” tall, though we do have some that are larger.

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    32'' tall This gorgeous, large technicolor urn is full of fanciful creatures and interesting details. Completely handmade and hand painted in Tuscany, this stunning example of Italian craftsmanship will be a great conversation piece in your home or garden. The word "grottesque" is derived from Italian grottesco  (literally "of a cave") and refers to an extravagant style of Ancient Roman decorative art rediscovered and then copied in Rome at the end of the 15th century. The word first was used in regards to paintings found on the walls of basements of Roman ruins that were called at that time Le Grotte (The Grottoes) due to their appearance. These caves turned out to be rooms and corridors of the Domus Aurea, the unfinished palace complex started by Nero after the Great Fire of Rome in CE 64, which had become overgrown and buried, until they were broken into again, mostly from above. Spreading from Italian to the other European languages, the term was long used largely interchangeably with arabesque and moresque for types of decorative patterns using curving foliage elements. Today we use the term in reference to the mythical faces and creatures so often seen in art and architecture of the Mediterranean region, though grotesques are certainly found throughout a number of worldly cultures. Read about one of our most famous grotesques here on our blog.
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    Geometric Tuscan Urn

    $1,049.00 $735.00
    20.5'' tall This fabulous handmade ceramic umbrella stand was made in Tuscany and evokes feelings of antiquity, though it was in fact made in modern times. The abstract geometric design would fit right in in your Mediterranean or Tuscan style home, but could certainly bring some nice vintage warmth to a mid-century or bohemian design scheme too!
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    38'' long by 23'' wide This giant oval platter is a stunning example of handmade Italian artistry. Completely handmade and hand painted in Tuscany, these bright lemons and ripe pears are nestled among verdant leaves and white flowers on a dark cobalt background with a border of leaves. This piece would look fabulous on a kitchen wall or back-splash.
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    41'' long by 15'' wide This breathtaking platter is a vision, with bright yellows and easy-going blues that are so pleasing to the eye. Completely handmade and hand painted in Tuscany, these expertly-rendered lemons and leaves look almost life-like, set against a hand painted cross-hatched background. This piece would look absolutely stunning on a kitchen wall or back-splash, or as a centerpiece down a long dining room table, countertop or kitchen island.
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    16'' diameter This fanciful decorative platter features an intricate border of luscious fruit and fresh green leaves surrounding a jubilant cherub doing a handstand. Hang this platter alone as a statement or with its cherubic friends (here and here) for a beautiful display! Handmade and hand painted in Tuscany.
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    16'' diameter This fanciful decorative platter features an intricate border of luscious fruit and fresh green leaves surrounding a jubilant cherub returning their homing pigeon to its cage. Hang this platter alone as a statement or with its cherubic friends (here and here) for a beautiful display! Handmade and hand painted in Tuscany.
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    16'' diameter This fanciful decorative platter features an intricate border of luscious fruit and fresh green leaves surrounding a jubilant cherub playing music. Hang this platter alone as a statement or with its cherubic friends (here and here) for a beautiful display! Handmade and hand painted in Tuscany.
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    Della Robbia Arch

    $1,078.00 $756.00
    16'' long by 11'' wide (at base) x 9.5'' wide (at arch) Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) was an Italian stone sculptor from Florence who became famous for his glazed terracotta roundels. After developing his signature technique in the early 1440s, he moved away from his stone sculptures working mostly with terracotta, and passed the technique on to his nephew Andrea della Robbia and great-nephew Giovanni della Robbia. Our Della Robbias are made in Firenze (Florence) and are modeled after the highly sought-after style that Luca della Robbia made famous.
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    Bella Italia Portrait Urn

    $2,684.00 $1,854.00
    15'' tall by 16'' wide The portraiture of our artisans from Deruta is truly an incredible sign to behold. Completely handmade and hand painted from start to finish, this gorgeous urn depicting a beautiful Italian noblewoman is a perfect accent for a niche or entryway table. It has a bit of a design on the back so it can be admired from all sides, and it would be perfect as a planter or cachepot but is just lovely on its own, too. Click here if you'd like to read a bit more about our portraiture from Deruta!
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    Olio Urn

    $2,819.00 $1,985.00
    29.5'' Handmade and hand painted in Tuscany, this gorgeous urn would look great as a pair flanking your front door or as a decorative accent in your garden.
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    24"D Madonna and Child The Italian Renaissance was a time of artistic re-birth and innovation which has yet to be repeated. One of these innovations was made by the sculptor Lucca della Robbia of Florence. He discovered and perfected the technique of glazing terracotta and applied it to his already famous reliefs of Madonna and Child. What resulted was instant success for his work, and a ceramic dynasty still alive in Italy today. Want to read more about the Della Robbia story? Check out our blog post!
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    22"D Virtuous Mary The Italian Renaissance was a time of artistic re-birth and innovation which has yet to be repeated. One of these innovations was made by the sculptor Lucca della Robbia of Florence. He discovered and perfected the technique of glazing terracotta and applied it to his already famous reliefs of Madonna and Child. What resulted was instant success for his work, and a ceramic dynasty still alive in Italy today. Want to read more about the Della Robbia story? Check out our blog post!
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    19'' x 14.5'' Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) was an Italian stone sculptor from Florence who became famous for his glazed terracotta roundels. After developing his signature technique in the early 1440s, he moved away from his stone sculptures working mostly with terracotta, and passed the technique on to his nephew Andrea della Robbia and great-nephew Giovanni della Robbia. Our Della Robbias are made in Firenze (Florence) and are modeled after the highly sought-after style that Luca della Robbia made famous.
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    11'' Round Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) was an Italian stone sculptor from Florence who became famous for his glazed terracotta roundels. After developing his signature technique in the early 1440s, he moved away from his stone sculptures working mostly with terracotta, and passed the technique on to his nephew Andrea della Robbia and great-nephew Giovanni della Robbia. Our Della Robbias are made in Firenze (Florence) and are modeled after the highly sought-after style that Luca della Robbia made famous.
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    17'' Round Luca della Robbia (1399/1400–1482) was an Italian stone sculptor from Florence who became famous for his glazed terracotta roundels. After developing his signature technique in the early 1440s, he moved away from his stone sculptures working mostly with terracotta, and passed the technique on to his nephew Andrea della Robbia and great-nephew Giovanni della Robbia. Our Della Robbias are made in Firenze (Florence) and are modeled after the highly sought-after style that Luca della Robbia made famous.
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    16.25"H Raffaellesco. The Deruta Raffaellesco pattern is one of the most famous of Italy -- displaying a dragon that is said to have been originally painted by Raphael himself. This piece can be used as a vase, urn, umbrella stand, or large centerpiece.
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    Alcantara This handmade and hand painted Italian pottery lemon motif umbrella stand can be used as a vase, urn, or centerpiece. Enjoy the fine quality and workmanship of hand-crafted Italian art!

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    19"H

    The braided handle detail complements the delicate arrangement of the lemon and leaf design on this Tuscan Italian pottery urn. Old world charm neatly embodied in an artful Italian pottery container! What could be lovelier?

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    16.25"H This large Deruta ceramic vase displays one of the most famous Italian pottery patterns in Italy, Ricco Deruta. The design features the fine scroll-work and flourishes that have made Deruta Italian ceramics loved the world over for more than six centuries. Suitable as an umbrella stand, art piece, or container, singly or as a pair, this handmade and hand painted urn will take you far in creating an oasis of Italian beauty. Lovely as a decorative accent in or outdoors.
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    11.5" x 17.5"H

    Bring a splash of color to your entryway or great room with this three sided Italian pottery container, handmade and hand painted in Tuscany. Made to nestle into a corner to save space, two sides are flat and glazed white, while the front is curved and decorated with yellow lemons and green leaves on a blue background. Can be used an an urn, vase or centerpiece.

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    14"H Italy enjoys a rich history of appreciation of healthful waters. S. Mentae refers to the cooling mint solution of the water. This handmade, hand painted Italian pottery urn with the spout fashioned in the shape of a bird head is a whimsical take on an ancient ewer design.
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    Ornato Angel Urn

    $3,318.00 $2,323.00
    21.5"H

    The Deruta artists who create these large decorative pieces are among the most skilled in Italy. Graceful brushwork like this is only possible after years and years of training to hone techniques refined over countless generations.

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    Footed Italian pottery Water Jar with handles

    "Aqua Sulpurata"

    Italy enjoys a rich history of appreciation of healthful waters. Aqua Sulpurata refers to the surfurated solution of the water that may have been back in the day, contained in a handmade and hand painted Italian pottery jar like this. This container, also suitable as a vase, or to be converted to a lamp (contact us: the cost is $50 additional), is accented with handles and fluted rim. What a lovely expression of handcrafted Italian art!

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    Ornato Urn with Lemons

    $815.00 $574.00
    18"H

    Simplicity in Citrus form! This Italian pottery urn is handmade and hand painted in a small town near Florence in Tuscany. The clean, crisp design in white, yellow and blue makes a lovely statement. Ideal as a corner piece, umbrella stand, next to your fireplace, or on your patio.

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    14.5"H Lemons Decorate that nook, island, or table top with this adorable hand painted, Tuscan Italian pottery urn that has been hand painted with lemons and leaves on a blue background. Beautiful as an art piece to bring a touch of old-world Tuscan craftsmanship to your kitchen, or as an extraordinary gift for the Italian pottery collector in your life!
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    16"H" Acqua di Frutta" Italy enjoys a rich history of appreciation of healthful waters. Aqua de Frutta refers to the fruit juice solution of the water that may have been, back in the day, contained in a handmade and hand painted Italian pottery jar like this. This small urn also serves as a large vase, and is perfect for a huge bouquet of flowers. Contact us to make it into a lamp for only $50 extra.
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    12"D x 11.5"H Alcantara This handmade and hand painted lemon motif Italian ceramic cachepot comes to us from the heart of Italy in the Umbria region. Display it indoors or out as a decorative accent or planter for that Meyer lemon tree you've had your eye on!
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    11"H Lemons Serve a robust sangria in this generously sized Italian pottery pitcher. Beautiful as an art piece to bring a touch of old-world Tuscan craftsmanship to your kitchen, or as an extraordinary gift for the Italian pottery collector in your life! Suitable too as a vase, or decorative accent, this piece has been hand painted with lemons and leaves on a blue background, and features a turquoise glazed handle. All of our dinnerware, serve ware and kitchen ware is food safe!
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    24"D

    The fine, fine hand painted detail of this piece features richly rendered fruit on a deep lapis blue background. Entirly handmade and and exquisitely hand painted in the world famous ceramic town of Deruta, Umbria, Italy, this Uva Fresca piece represents the finest in hand-crafted Italian ceramics.

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    Ornato Round Platter

    $1,337.00 $941.00
    23.25"D Pavone This vibrant platter immediatly attracts the eye with its bold and unique pattern. Hand-made and hand-painted, it is truly a work of art and would be a beautifull addition to any home.
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    Ornato Square Plate

    $355.00 $249.00
    14" Square Fruit with Olives A unique shape, this square plate is hand-painted with vibrant gold, yellow, green, browns and blues. It can be used to serve food, as well as display.
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    Ornato Round Plate

    $263.00 $184.00
    13"D

    This hand-painted Italian ceramic plate displays a unique and stunning pallete of colors, from browns to golds to greens. Smaller than its sister platter, this plate can used for serving food, or simply as vibrant addition to any home.

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    23.25"D Fruit with Olives This hand-painted Italian ceramic platter displays a unique and stunning pallete of colors, from browns to golds to greens. Display it above the stove or mantlepiece for a great addition to any collection.
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    Ornato Large Della Robbia

    $1,394.00 $970.00
    20"D Madonna with Child The Italian Renaissance was a time of artistic re-birth and innovation which has yet to be repeated. One of these innovations was made by the sculptor Lucca della Robbia of Florence. He discovered and perfected the technique of galzing terracotta and applied it to his already famous reliefs of Madonna and Child. What resulted was instant success for his work, and a ceramic dynasty still alive in Italy today.
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    Ornato Della Robbia

    $906.00 $635.00
    15"D

    A simple and elegant ceramic Della Robbia inspired by the famous works of Lucca della Robbia of 14th Century Florence. Features the Madonna and Child encircled by a wreath of fruit.

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    11.5"W x 10"H A dazzling, yet simply elegant Madonna in high relief framed by triangular background. In the distinctive white and blue Della Robbia style.
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    Bacchus Fruit Mask

    $587.00 $411.00
    10"W x 14"L

    A jolly spirit shines through this gorgeous, handmade and hand painted Italian ceramic fruit mask. Hang in your kitchen or garden patio as a joyous reminder of the simple pleasures of life!

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    A sweet, handmade and hand painted Italian ceramic mask adorned with flowers, representing the Spring season. Hang on the wall with Summer, Autumn, and Winter Masks for a gorgeous year round display!

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    A sweet, handmade and hand painted Italian ceramic mask adorned with wheat, representing the Summer season. Hang on the wall with Fall, Winter, and Spring Masks for a gorgeous year round display!

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    A sweet, handmade and hand painted Italian ceramic mask adorned with acorns and pine cones, representing the Winter season. Hang on the wall with Spring, Summer, and Fall Masks for a gorgeous year round display!

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    6"D A sweet, handmade and hand painted Italian ceramic mask adorned with grapes, representing the Fall season. Hang on the wall with Winter, Spring, Summer Masks for a gorgeous year round display!
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    20"H Deruta Firenze Decorate the inside or outside of your home with this handmade and intricately hand painted Italian fine ceramic urn from the famous pottery town of Deruta. Coordinates nicely with the Ricco and Raffaellesco designs.
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    19.5"H This large Deruta ceramic vase will add a fresh Spring charm to your space. The Deruta artists who create these large decorative pieces are among the most skilled in Italy. Graceful brushwork like this is only possible after years and years of training to hone techniques refined over countless generations.
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    20"H Deruta Bianco FrescoIf you are looking for a large decorative centerpiece or container that strikes a balance between simplicity and bold design, this handmade and hand painted Italian pottery umbrella stand happily report for duty!
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    19.5"H Deruta Bianco Fresco If you are looking for a useful and decorative art piece that strikes a balance between simplicity and bold design, this handmade and hand painted Italian pottery umbrella stand or urn happily reports for duty!
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    23"H This large and beautiful Italian pottery urn is hand-painted and hand-made. The Italian vineyard scene mirrors its Tuscan origins, and brings a touch of old-world charm and craftsmanship to your kitchen, patio, great room or vineyard tasting room!
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    6"W x 7"L A gorgeous hand crafted Italian Ceramic Jester mask that is sure to bring a smile to all those who look upon it! Hang with large Jolly Jester mask for a cheerful display!
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    19.5"H Deruta FrescaThis beautiful handmade and hand painted Italian pottery umbrella stand is perfect as a large vase, centerpiece, or rain-gear holder! If you are looking for a useful and decorative art piece or focal point that strikes a balance between simplicity and bold design, this handmade and hand painted Italian pottery umbrella stand or urn happily reports for duty!
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    Ornato Large Round Platter

    $2,122.00 $1,495.00
    24"D

    Deruta Fresca

    The Deruta, Umbria, Italy artists who create, entirely by hand, these large decorative Italian pottery pieces pieces are among the most skilled in Italy. Graceful brushwork like this is only possible after years and years of training to hone techniques refined over countless generations.

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    Aceto di Vino Flatback Urn

    $2,143.00 $1,500.00
    22'' x 27.5'' tall Many of our large urns and decorative items are made by a group of highly respected ceramic artists in the town of Montelupo, just outside Florence, in Tuscany. Large green leaves and plump fruit frame the words Aceto di Vino, or Wine Vinegar, on this handmade and hand painted flatback urn. Conserve space but keep all the beauty of Italian artistry. Note: the back of the urn is flat so it fits flush against the wall, and is glazed plain white.