Butterflies have enchanted artists since humans first began to make images of the natural world. How can anyone expect to capture something so delicate, so ephemeral, in a lasting piece of art, when so much of the creature’s appeal is based on its movement, the flutter of the wings, the flash of colour and the magic of the moment?
For the artist with the talent to take on such a task, however, the characteristics of fine bone china offer a number of advantages. The transparency of ceramic pigments, created from metallic oxides, means that when combined with a fine, clear glaze on pure white bone china the colours will catch and reflect the light in a manner unlike any other art form.
This enchanting plaque is first cast and then carefully glazed before the artist begins work, building up the background and image entirely by hand. The most delicate brushes and the most painstaking attention to detail are required to capture every tiny element of the markings on the butterflies’ wings. To enhance the effect still further, the artist also uses a variety of special lustres which capture and reflect the light.
It is part of the appeal of butterflies that they are so ephemeral, that their beauty is so delicate and temporary. It is therefore a real tribute to Bronte’s artists that they are able to capture the essence of something so fleeting as a beautiful pair of butterflies in a medium that will last for ever, and whose colours will never fade.
Plaque Height: 270mm (including frame as shown)
Plaque Width : 220mm