Royal Worcester PAINTED FRUIT
A Tribute to the Past and a Valuable Heirloom for Future Generations
The Art of Painted Fruit
The heritage of painted fruit has developed at Royal Worcester over two centuries. The finest and most decorative shapes from their archives are reserved for this decoration and each fruit composition is a unique work of art.
In the eighteenth century fruit was invariably depicted against a white background. However, by the mid-nineteenth century, the present style was evolving and has been highly sought after by connoisseurs and collectors worldwide.
The beauty of Royal Worcester Painted Fruit may only be achieved thanks to the variety of skills of the craftsmen and women. Painters can train for up to seven years before being allowed to take their place in line with the great Royal Worcester artists of the past. Each piece of fruit is meticulously painted by hand to convey its natural beauty.
The artist uses a palette of translucent colours and, after the first layer of colour is applied, the item is fired. Following this, further stages of painting and firing are carried out. At each stage of decorating Royal Worcester Painted Fruit, the painter will build up the strength of colour to give the fruit a real and three-dimensional quality. Translucent colours are used in order for the lighter colours underneath to show through, giving remarkable depth to the finished piece.
These masterpieces would not be complete without the hand skills of the gilder and burnisher, who use 22 carat gold in a variety of special techniques to add to the richness and splendour of these elaborate pieces.
Today Royal Worcester produces an exclusive range of tableware and ornamental pieces. Each item is uniquely crafted in the time honoured tradition of Royal Worcester Fruit painting and is beautifully presented in a silk-lined gift box.
· The artist uses a palette of translucent colours to create a depth of colour giving the fruit a real and three dimensional quality.
· The gilder meticulously appies the 22 carat gold by hand, adding to the richness and splendour of each finished piece.
· A variety of tools and special techniques allows the burnisher to transform the gold to its characteristic high sheen.
· Finally, the finished piece is carefully inspected to ensure it reaches the customer in perfect condition.
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