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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    16”D by 13”H Use this beautiful cachepot as a planter (there’s no hole for drainage, but one can be drilled) or just display it on its own to bring a warm Tuscan element to your home. Hand painted in Tuscany, Italy.
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    26.5” D A beautiful border of grapes and leaves on a stunning red background decorate the wavy edge of this handmade, hand painted ceramic platter, creating a portal to a charming vineyard and its winding streets lined with 400-year-old cypress trees. Completely handmade and hand painted in Tuscany, this large, decorative platter will imbue your home with a stunning view of provincial paradise.
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    Ornato Large Urn

    $2,134.00 $1,494.00
    26” by 22” Aqua di Frutta” Italy enjoys a rich history of appreciation of healthful waters. Aqua di 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.
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    21” tall by 17” wide This handmade and hand painted Italian pottery 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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    Toscana Large Cachepot

    $882.00 $618.00
    17”D by 13”H Use this beautiful cachepot as a planter (there’s no hole for drainage, but one can be drilled) or just display it on its own to bring a warm Tuscan element to your home. Hand painted in Tuscany, Italy.
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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 an artful 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, counter top or kitchen island. Order our Stand 4  if you'd like to display it upright.
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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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    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