Tell me your favourite plate and I’ll tell you its story! 🙂
Every plate, every espresso cup and all the Kitchen accessories are made with great passion and respect for tradition. A tradition we want to share with YOU who are reading this blog post…
The artisans of Bontempo Ceramiche dal 1862 realise handmade products which tell you a part of the history of our beautiful land – Abruzzo – and Italy!
Let’s start with Fioraccio…
The Italian word fioraccio is not depreciative but it means the “flowers that are born on the fields spontaneusly“. Twilled wild roses, bluebottles and gentians, windflowers and bluebells, buttercups and nasturtia join in joyfull bunches.
Few, fast and determinated strokes of brush, a chromatic taste that draws inspiration from nature and exalts it
Source: Il Messaggero – 1st July, 1981
The fioraccio decoration originated in the village of Castelli (Teramo) in the 19th century. Later it spread across other areas of the Abruzzo Region, as the village of Rapino (Chieti).
From 1862 to now the Bontempo’s family has been realising many other decorations as Rosespine (polychromatic, green and more), Roselline (small pink rosebuds). These decorations were realised at the beginning of the 20th century and continue to be truly appreciated around Europe (and not only)!
Rosespine Rosespine verdi Roselline
One can’t go on without mentioning three more Bontempo’s decorations: Gallo (the cock), Due galletti (two little cocks) and Uccellini e tronchi (birds and trunks).
The Cock – Gallo – was realised at the beginning of the 20th century as symbol of Nature and Christianity.
Due galletti (two little cocks): “a very fine composition proposed again in a handiworked modern way of very ancient origins and that represented the tree of life” (Source: La ceramica di Rapino e i Bontempo, page 13).
Uccellini e tronchi (birds and trunks): “a lively handiworked elaboration marked with the local reality of the fine ornament of the dinner-services of the ancient ceramics of Savona (Piemonte, Italy) of the 18th century” (La ceramica di Rapino e i Bontempo, p.13).