MAJOLICA MEDICI: The Majolica Medici Collection takes its name from the ancient Florentine Medici family as it feature their renown family emblem depicting five red balls and one blue, on a gold shield. The House of Medici was a political dynasty, banking family and later royal house that first began to gather prominence under Cosimo de' Medici in the Republic of Florence during the late 14th century. The Medici crests still decorate numerous 'palazzo' buildings all over Florence and Tuscany indicating the Medici connection or that was financed using Medici money... Our Majolica Medici collection feature painstakingly museum quality reproductions from 15th and 16th century original Tuscany's designs. Each piece of this Artistica's exclusive collection is individually hand crafted in Montelupo Fiorentino, an important Tuscan center for ceramics since medieval times.
Its success can be credited to the natural abundance of clay in the surrounding area, primarily due to frequent flooding of the Arno River.
These Majolica pieces are true classics created using the now rare technique called 'ingobbio', an ancient Tuscan process that produces an authentic 'Old World' look, adding significant body to the colors. You can actually feel the consistent (almost raised) body of the painting when gently passing your hand over decorated parts. Due to the complexity of both preparation and painting, this technique is now used by very few artisans, which makes these items very hard to find.
All items of our Antica Majolica collection are painstakingly hand painted with traditional designs of the best Tuscan tradition. Nowadays, these exclusive 'renaissance-era' adornments offer an authentic Mediterranean look to interiors, patio, and garden areas. Great for either Indoor or Outdoor Use.
Authenticity assured! Hand Painted & Hand Made in Italy! This item is shipped with Artistica's Authenticity Seal and Certificate.
Satisfaction Guaranteed! It's simple: Not satisfied with your purchase? Return it! No Return Authorization required. No Problem. At Artistica, we stand behind our products, and our loyal customers. The full satisfaction of our clients and exceptional customer service, has been our priority during the 25+ years in business. That's why we have a 30 day hassle-free return policy -- No RMA's required! If, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it back to us for a full refund!
100% Food Safe
All Artistica's Dinnerware and Tabletop Products are Guaranteed to be 100% Food Safe. Our manufactures do NOT use any glaze or color pigment with lead content in our dinnerware and tabletop products. We independently inspected and test these products to comply with FDA standards and U.S.A. import regulations for lead and cadmium. See our latest independent laboratory test.
Artistica's tabletop and dinnerware ceramic products are made of the highest quality natural clay glazed and double fired at very high temperature. We recommended to space the items apart to avoid touching each other during the high pressure dish-washing.
Microwave and Conventional Oven Use
Artistica's dinnerware products are manufactured to be used as "Serving" pieces and not cookware, and therefore not suitable for conventional oven use. They can be used in Microwave oven for moderate reheating only.As the temperature of certain items may vary after microwave use, we recommend to carefully handle any piece.
Product Care for Dinnerware and Tabletop products. The crazing effect - With repeated use, earthenware products have a tendency to "craze" (forming minuscule lines in the glazing). The crazing is the nature of earthenware, and has no significant effect on the ceramics and sometimes it is a much sought after effect.
Thermal Shock and cracking -
Avoid sudden temperature changes - A thermal shock is the fracturing effect that occurs when ceramic objects are rapidly either heated or cooled and it may crack any earthenware plate.
The beauty of imperfection - Because each piece of Majolica and Ceramic is individually crafted, you will notice slight variations in color and size and occasionally you will note paint smudges, fingerprints and looseness of lids. These variances should not be considered as imperfections, but as evidence of fine, hand-crafted work.
Some History... CLICK HERE should you like to learn about Italian Majolica and ceramics of the Renaissance.