DescriptionA history rooted in the Renaissance. We must go back 400 years to find the origins of Medici porcelain. At that time Francesco I dei Medici, Grand Duke of Florence, decided to research "the method to manufacture porcelains as the Orientals" to become the first in Europe to accomplish porcelain production. After log and laborious research Buontalenti, master sculptor, miniaturist and architect, discovered the secret and, around 1575 in the Court laboratories, skilful artisans began production of objects in soft paste porcelain. As attested by Vasari, Medici porcelain consisted of "works of great technical perfection and the highest artistic achievement". Sadly production ceased just a few years later, which is why the original remaining Medici pieces are so rare and precious. These first precious example of European porcelain retain a magic and character, due not only to the mystery surrounding their origins: but to the fine decoration which shows a sensitive and masterful touch. 16th Century Florentine artisans borrowed just enough from the Orient to lay the groundwork for new European style. The Medici Collection by Mancioli. Materworks "recreated". The creation of the Medici Collection required great study. Sand, clay, caolin were chosen from the same locations in Tuscany where court artisans journeyed four centuries ago. The same decorations typical of the period were reproduced. Sixteenth century manufacturing procedures and firing times were faithfully respected. Thus, in 1980, The Medici Collection by Mancioli was born with the issue of the "Fiasco da Pellegrino"(Peregime's flask), a fine historical piece in every way similar to the original and destinated as well to grow in value with time. A prestigious initiative aimed at reclaiming an exceptional artistic and cultural treasure, that of the Medici porcelains, of wich only about fifty pieces remain in some of the world's most important museums. One piece will be reproduced each year.
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