After 30 years in the sector, Union Porcelain di Alessandro Vicino is known by its exquisite manufacture of Capodimonte Porcelain Flower compositions. Don’t forget to visit them at iSaloni 2019!
Their incredible handmade pieces are full of lively colors, graceful compositions and extremely realistic details and finishing which can only be possible in porcelain of the finest quality.
After many years of experience and dedication, this manufacturer learned how to merge the ancient craftsmanship and know-how preserved by their master artisans with the new contemporary vision of young generations.
The result is an extraordinary fresh collection which treasures the memory of an antique and rare tradition. Life-like roses, centerpieces, candleholders and small laying flowers are then born to personalize interiors with a unique and elegant style.
The tradition of Capodimonte dates from 1736, when King Charles III of bourbon gathered the finest painters, sculptors and craftmen in the workshop of his royal palace of capodimonte, in Naples. Later, in 1759, during the reign of Ferdinand IV, the factory was called “Royal Fernandea Factory” and it worked until 1821.
There those talented artists developed a style coveted everywhere in the world: the capodimonte style. Their mark was represented first by a royal crown with the letters “F.R.F.” (Fernandea Royal Factory ), later on it was changed in a “N” surmounted by a royal crown. Nowadays, this is the most common mark used to distinguish an original capodimonte piece from a copy and this is the mark that Union has registered all over the world.
Since the origins Capodimonte remained the leading European porcelain and today it is the highest quality standard following the remarkable tradition of the early palace artisans.
To be considered Capodimonte the pieces needs to be handmade and hand painted in Italy, its original country, and manufactured in porcelain or ceramic, the original materials used in the 18th century. Union is one of the last few companies still using porcelain, which is more difficult to be worked and shaped than ceramic.
In fact, there is a great difference between the two materials: the porcelain chemical elements are more valued and require a different working process, because porcelain must be fired at 1280 Celsius degrees, whereas ceramic only needs 980. This is what makes porcelain stronger than ceramic.
Besides, thanks to the higher temperature it is being cooked, porcelain, no matter if it is mat or glazed, does not absorb water. This means that in a porcelain vase you can safely pour water, while in a ceramic one if you do the same in a short time the water will run through the vase and damage it. Finally, a porcelain piece, if hit by your finger nail, sounds sharp, as crystal does, while ceramic produces a lower sound, similar to wood and plastic.
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