This exceptional and magnificent vase provides a marvellous showcase for the astonishing talents of the artists and craftspeople here at Bronte Porcelain. Bringing together a variety of techniques and specialist skills, the end product is truly breathtaking.
Hummingbirds, like birds of paradise, caused a sensation when travellers and explorers first brought images and samples of them back from the New World, and even today they provide a flavour of the exotic. Their name comes from the humming sound made by the rapid beating of their wings as they hover in mid-air, feeding on the nectar of a flower.
The stylised purple-throated hummingbirds are just part of the exquisite decorative scheme on this vase. The first step is to cast the vase, using a black stain in the fine bone china to create a dramatic, jet black body. On the glazed surface the artist uses a combination of raised paste, ceramic colours and enamel, adding relief and highlighting to the design. Two different types of gold are used in the decoration, creating a subtle two-tone effect. The vase will return to the kiln several times during this process, before the finishing touch is added with a 22 carat gold band around the rim.
The vase is supplied with a mahogany stand and in a hand-made silk-lined presentation box, and it’s also possible to add a personalised inscription to the base. You may also want to consider pairing it with its perfect partner, the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds Vase.
Vase Height: 255mm
Vase Height including Plinth: 295mm
Vase Diameter: 107mm
Plinth Diameter: 180mm
Painted by Tracey Arrowsmith