A precious decoration reminds old hand-made laces, symbol of richness and elegance
Diana vase is an especially finely worked ceramic porcelain chalice with handles. It is characterised by its graceful appearance and the pure gold decoration. Two color choices, light blue and green, stand out with grace and elegance.
A squared base gives solidity bud does not add weight to this delicate vase.
Vases are very ordinary containers and have been used for millenniums in several purposes. The shapes we know originate from ancient Greek pottery, which has developed and made perfect during centuries; its shapes and decorations still keep fascinating.
Each pottery type used to be employed in a particular purpose: there were containers used for holding oils or corn seeds, for unguents or for pouring wine.
The kind of vase with a large body, a solid foot, a narrowed neck and a flaring mouth was called ‘lekythos’: lekythoi held perfumed oil which athletes used to spread on their bodies before competitions, so those vases took a confortable shape to pour liquids. Habit of spreading bodies had different explanations: oil warms muscles before physical activity thanks to a vigorous massage; it protects against sunborn; it prevents dehydration due to exercise; oil also makes body shine and therefore more attractive; this kind of oil was also sacred so athletes were such consecrated to goddess.Diana vase’s shape looks like those ancient containers, which took a sacred sense thanks to their purpose. This special meaning comes in our houses thanks to this fine work of art, which fascinates at first glance and gives an immediate feeling of sacred.
Laces and embroideries
Lace has a long-standing tradition and has always been a very valuable manufact, a distinctive sign of elegance and richness. Before industrialisation, it used to be hand-made, in a patient and accurate work. A very famous kind of lace is Burano’s one, which is usually made in a small isle near Venice; it is also told ‘a fuselli’ (or ‘needle lace’) for the little needles used to to stitch up hundreds of small stitches to form the lace itself.
From Renaissance and especially during the 17th century lace became a real status symbol, an unmistakable sign of great wealth: for this, it was subjected to several laws aimed to forbid its uncontrolled ostentation. Laces were used to enhancing the beauty of collars and cuffs, standing out on dark clothes; fine lace garnished exquisite handkerchieves. Today its meaning of precious work still lasts; in its hand-made prohibitively expensive version is prerogative of few privileged people. Diana vase decoration is inspired by the ancient art of laces, in its delicate motives which cover vase’s surface like a precious lace. Tiny leaves draw light garlands like a spring wisteria. Shells and acanthus leaves alternate each other in a delicate composition.
Acanthus is a flowering plant native to Mediterranean basin, maybe less known that the decoration inspired by itself. The Roman writer Vitruvius narrated that the acanthus ornament had been invented by the Greek architect and sculptor Callimachus. He was walking nearby a temple when he saw a votive basket: an acanthus plant had grown through the woven basket and it inspired to Callimachus what we now call Corinthian order. In addition to being a frequently used architectural ornament, acanthus is depicted in paintings, textiles, mosaics. Its graceful curly leaves make acanthus ornament versatile and elegant at the same time. Diana vase’s handles are inspired by ancient sculpted acanthus decorations, looking like gracely curved branches, with small leaves breezily slipping out – just like goddess Diana, depicted with hair in a bun on the top of her head and some curly locks shaping soft waves around her face.
This stunning vase is made of the finest ceramic porcelain and embodies a sacred ideal; its decorations are inspired by delicate old laces; pure gold exalts and makes more precious a unique work of art, which is characterised by a shining noble greatness. A room will never be the same after this vase came in.