The Kingfisher (Latin name Alcedo atthis) is unmistakeable, even to those who haven’t been lucky enough to see this delightful bird hunting from its riverside perch. The dazzling blue and orange of their plumage, which flashes on to the eye as they flit across the water in search of fish or insects, is one of the sights most associated with a perfect English summer – the ‘halcyon days’ which take their name from a type of kingfisher – although the birds are active all year round.
To capture the stunning yet ephemeral beauty of the kingfisher is a task that would challenge the finest artists, but it is one to which the artists at Bronte Porcelain have risen to breathtaking effect. First, the deep, smooth and rounded Elmley Bowl is cast in fine bone china and glazed to present a flawless, 360mm (14 inch) diameter canvas for the artist to work on. On this canvas the artist begins to build up the background, in light and dark shades, and the delicate water lilies floating on the surface of the water. Then, against this setting, the two kingfishers are added, one at rest and one in dramatic flight, in shades of vivid turquoise, orange and green. It takes several applications of colour to achieve this depth and subtlety, and after each the bowl must be fired in the kiln to harden the paint. Finally, the bowl is given its finishing touches with the application of 22 carat gold to the rim and foot.
The bowl is supplied in a hand-made, silk-lined presentation box, and it is also possible to add a personalised inscription by hand to the base.
Bowl Height: 115mm
Bowl Diameter: 360mm
Painted by Tony Young